Read Joshua Ch 6
We all have things we are afraid of that hinder us from being all that we should be. We have fears that develop from past experiences: our failures, the times we were rejected, when we were insulted by someone. These fears create walls around our hearts. Further, these walls act like a defence to protect our hearts from being wounded again. The more we hurt, the higher the walls can get.
In a way, walls aren’t a bad thing. They can protect us. They make us feel safe. And only those we truly trust can get past the walls.
But what kind of life is that? God has called us to step out in faith. He has called us to love one another. This means to love everyone – sinners and saints, believers and non-believers, friends and enemies. How can we truly love if we are afraid of getting hurt? How can we love if we pick and choose who we let into our life? How can we step out in faith if fear tries to tell us to turn around and go the other way? The truth is we can’t.
David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. ~ 1 Chronicles 28:20
We shouldn’t be worried about what people think of us. We shouldn’t be worried about the results when God is telling us to step out in faith.
Personally, I can be a self-conscious person. Over the last couple months, I have been able to talk to a friend. Through this, I was able to see myself in someone else’s eyes. I was able to see that they faced the same problem. By talking to someone and seeing how others perceive me, I realized I don’t have anything to be self-conscious about. Truth be told, nobody needs to be self-conscious. God made us the way we are after all. He made us all beautiful and unique in our own way. Thus, we don’t need to be self-conscious. We can tear down that wall.
If we are afraid of getting hurt, how will we ever take that step of faith to love someone? Isn’t it better to get to know someone for the time that you can than to never know them at all? Love is what it is all about anyway! Jesus loved everyone! He dined with sinners, forgives the unforgivable, and so much more. He could have been angry with us for the way we sin, for our lack of morality but He didn’t. He chose to ignore the hurt that came with that and chose to forgive and love instead. Follow the example of Jesus and love! Put aside the fear! For rejection hurts, but being lonely hurts just as bad! So tear down those walls!
Everyone fails so we should never stop trying! Tear down that wall!
But how do we find the courage to bring the walls down? Who can help us with such a task?
Come to Jesus! He is the one who can heal the broken! He can help tear down the walls!
For instance, look at the story of Joshua and the Israelites. They had been in the desert for years. They were still searching for the promise land. Yet, by faith they did as God instructed. By faith, they walked around the walls of Jericho. And by faith, the walls came tumbling down! So if God can tear down the walls of Jericho, He can surely tear down the walls around our hearts. He can make us new again! God can heal us. In the end, faith, hope and love are the key!