2 Kings 7:1 KJV –  Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the, Lord; Thus saith the Lord, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
Permit me to make the above scripture appear more contemporary; Elisha answered, “I have a message for you. The LORD promises that tomorrow here in Lagos, you will be able to buy a large sack of flour or two large sacks of wheat meal for almost nothing.”
When you hear this kind of announcement, what is the first thing that comes to your mind faith or doubt? Your reaction to this news will determine the state of your heart. Fear is a state of mind or a mindset tilted always towards a negative outcome and the expectation of such outcomes keeps the mind in a state of negativity, anxiety and apprehension.
Every situation or encounter suggest to you two things, success or failure. You must choose what you want. The choice you make will determine your actions. If your actions are bold and courageous then success is sure but if they are that of fear and despondency, then failure is inevitable.
2 Kings 7:2 KJV –  Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
Fear is not the opposite of faith but the absence of faith. When you don’t believe or trust in the word of God, then faith is absent. What you are left with by default is to believe and trust in what your situation or circumstances are saying and because these are environmentally influenced, they influence and build up in you a feeling or emotion of fear. A state of anxiety or apprehension of an unpleasant outcome of the situation in question. This is fear. When you fall a victim of fear instead of faith, you automatically cut yourself off the positive outcome of the word and left with an uncertain atmosphere of despondent anxiety of a negative outcome. The lord in the above scripture could not imagine the prophecy coming to pass because of experience and present realities. His mindset could not be adjusted to conform to a new paradigm and therefore he chose to remain on the negative zone causing doubt and cutting him off the miracle.
2 Kings 7:3 KJV –  And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
In this life, we will be faced with situation that may tend to challenge our existence or survival, you must however get to the point in your life when you need to ask yourself some salient questions just like the leprous men; why am I afraid to ask, why am I afraid to make the move, why am I afraid to go, why am I afraid to write. Why am I afraid to take the job, why am I afraid to ask for the loan. Why must I continue to drive the same car for years, why must I remain a tenant all my life, why can’t I go to school? Why am I afraid to get married? Why? Why? Why…?
You need to ask all the ‘Ys’ so you can get all the answers. Questions will help you to better understand the situation, questions will help you to know who and where to get the answers, questions will lead and guide you out of your situation, questions shines the light into your darkness, questions are asked because you want to know, therefore questions bring knowledge and knowledge is power! So ask the question now!
2 Kings 7:4 KJV. If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
The question they asked helped them to analyze the situations and options available to them so they can make an informed decision. Fear is a decision you make based on available choices. Your choice however will depend on the outcome you expect and the state of your mind. The outcome may be superficial or real, it may be positive or negative. Either way the situation will suggest to you either to be afraid or be courageous.
You will see from this scripture that all the options available to the lepers will ultimately end in death. If they make a move or stay put, they will end up in death. The options presented them with two choices; fear or courage. If they had chosen fear, then they wouldn’t have made any move because fear will tell you to maintain status quo, fear will tell you to play safe. Fear will hypnotize and suck out your strength. Fear will narrow your mind set to think in only one particular direction of negativity and unpleasant outcome, fear will cover you from seeing the victory that lies ahead of your action, and fear incapacitates and render you hopeless in the midst of hope.
The lepers denounced fear and chose to make a move as you will see in the next verse but for them to make such decision, they had to tweak a little bit with their mindset by seeing something different from what the current realities portray. They said ‘ If we fall unto the host of Syrians, perhaps they might let us live’. This is like looking for a tiny ray of hope in a hopeless situation. When what you see changes, you mindset will change and you will act differently. You can choose to see that challenge as a catastrophe or another opportunity for victory. You can chose to see your present predicament as a terminal end or transit trial that will lead to your triumph. Everything depends on your perception. Jesus looked beyond the cross and saw victory and this gave him courage to move on to Calvary otherwise fear would have gripped him and terminated his destiny on the way to the cross.
Friend, I encourage you today to change your perception of your situation, look for positive in the negative, look for testimony in the test, look for the miracle behind the ridicule, look for the triumph in the midst of your trial and I guarantee you, your courage will be built up and you will find strength to face your fear and overcome your challenges. Fear not!
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Questions for Reflection:
- How many breakthroughs have you missed out on because of fear?
- How many times have you talked yourself out of making a move, because you fear a negative outcome?
I denounce fear in my life!