I was reading the “Action Bible” to my kids as I was tucking them to bed.

We came to the story of Jacob and Laban when Jacob left without asking permission from his father-in-law because he was afraid that he wouldn’t be allowed to leave.

In the Action Bible, the conversation when this way …

Jacob left without permission because of fear.

But little did he realize that in the background, God was already speaking to his father in law.

Many times, our decisions are influenced by the “what-ifs”.

“What if God doesn’t pull through?”
“What if I give this money for His purposes, and then the bills start piling up?”
“What if I grow old single and alone? Maybe I should just settle for second best.”
“What if my business falls apart because I keep paying the right taxes?”

Fear is incredibly paralyzing. But let me tell you that faith, on the other hand, is incredibly freeing.

When you and I understand that there’s Someone in control… Someone who runs the show, better than we can run it, then that truth sets me from from micromanaging, controlling and manipulating the situations in my life.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7)

Fear will push me to do things that may be out of His will while faith inspires me to trust that He is in charge. And because He is, I know that I am in a safe place.

Fear is incredibly paralyzing while faith is incredibly freeing.

Which one will you choose?

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