The Women’s Ministry Summer Study, Shaped By Wisdom, continued this week. Barb Roessler gave the women a lot to think about. Here are some summary notes from her talk.
God invites us to experience an abundant life of joy and freedom with Him (John 10:10, II Cor. 3:17). To what extent we experience it depends on our choices. Choices involve risk-taking/trusting; risk involves anxiety and/or fear. Last week Paige taught us the significance and blessing of living in “the fear of the Lord.” This week we’ll be looking at a different kind of fear – a “spirit of fear” (II Tim. 1:7) that happens when we place our security in anything other than God.
In Psalm 27 David reveals keys to rejecting fear by identifying it, seeking God’s presence in the midst of the circumstances, and by looking ahead to the future with bold confidence. This is the path to freedom and abundant living that we can experience as we choose to let wisdom shape us.
“Wisdom shapes us when we choose to focus on how big God is in the face of our fears.”
Wisdom shapes us when we choose to focus on how big God is in the face of our fears. Like David, even while admitting our fear, our faith is built as we choose to proclaim God’s truth; …when we choose to make God our one desire, abiding daily in His presence and approaching Him in prayer with a sense of awe and delight (Ps. 27:4-5); and …when we choose to trust our future to Him.
God’s goodness assures us there is something to be gained through our struggle w/fear – right here and now – and challenges our resolve to face the future with confidence by changing our thinking about fear: to begin seeing it as an opportunity for God to shape us, and to use our testimony to encourage others.
“For I know what I have planned for you, says the Lord. I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.” (Jer. 29:11)
Who of us wouldn’t want that? God’s abundant life is for us now…”in the land of the living.”
Let us be strong and courageous, and choose to take a risk to let God shape us into the person He created us to be. (Jer. 1:5)