Feed your fears, and your faith will starve.

Feed your faith, and your fears will starve!

That's what Jeremiah did. He said:

I am a man who has seen affliction under the rod of his [the LORD's] wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long (Lamentations 3:1 ESV).

Jerusalem had been under siege. When the city fell and was utterly destroyed, Jeremiah's world collapsed like a sand castle in a typhoon.

Jeremiah's body ached...

His heart was sick...

And Jeremiah faulted God for his horrible emotional distress.

But when he realized how fast he was sinking, he shifted his gaze:

But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will trust in him" (Lamentations 3:21-24 ESV).

Jeremiah altered his thoughts...

He shifted his attention...

He turned his eyes and looked into the wonder of God.

His troubles didn't cease, but his discouragement and fear did.

Storms are not an option... but fear is!

His troubles didn't cease, but his discouragement and fear did.

© Max Lucado. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Taken from Max's book, Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear.