“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true…think on these things” Philippians 4:8
Recently, I’ve been reading a book on Joshua called “Joshua: Mighty Warrior and Man of Faith.” If you’re familiar with Keller, he also wrote the famous book called “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.” Although I can’t make a blanket endorsement of all his works, I’ve enjoyed the unique insights that he offers in both of these books.
As he was recounting one of the many times that Israel rebelled against God in the wilderness, Keller distilled this disturbing cycle of disobedience into four descending steps:
3) Fantasy of Foreboding (constant dwelling on “what if’s”)
It’s simple to see how Israel got typically themselves in a mess when you look at the four steps. They saw the facts (“There’s no water.”), they immediately began to fear (“What are we going to do?”), they let those thoughts run away (“We’re going to die.”), and inevitably they failed by murmuring against the Lord. Of course, this never ended well…
Certainly there’s no changing the facts of life, yet there’s nothing that says we need to continue to travel down the path that leads to failure. Instead of dwelling on the facts of the difficulty of the situation we find ourselves in, we must turn our thoughts to the fact that God is greater than any situation we find ourselves in. Dwelling on THIS fact allows us to stop going down the path of fear, the fantasy of foreboding, and failure.
As you deal with the myriad of issues that come with being a special needs family or a special needs family supporter, there are many fears that can creep up in your mind.
- “Am I prepared for what’s ahead?”
- “Will my child ever be able to [fill in the blank]?”
- “Can I even teach this child about Jesus?”
- “How are we ever going to make it?”
Notice, all these fears are questions. They typically aren’t based on facts, or at the very least, they’re based on a few threads of truth. Instead of dwelling on these thoughts, which inevitably leads to spiritual failure, dwell on the Lord. He IS enough! 1 Thessalonians 5:24 puts it this way, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” If God has brought a situation to your life, He will give you EVERYTHING you need to succeed, particularly if you look at success in light of Joshua 1:8.
Special needs father or mother, don’t be afraid. Junior church teacher, don’t quit. Focus on the truth of Who God is. Don’t allow your fear to take over. Anchor yourself to the Word daily. Yield to the Spirit. Remember the command of Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Bring your fears to God and lay them at His feet (and don’t try to pick them up again!).