In some very important ways, hope is the antithesis to fear. It is not uncommon to live in a state of fear, looking back at mistakes, remembering failures, allowing the past to spill fear into the present. But fear is not a good life companion. It prevents the dreaming of new dreams. It covers the spirit with hesitance and uncertainty.
Hope is fear’s enemy. When hope fills the heart, there is no room for fear. When hope guides our decisions, fear is obliterated. The only thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve is the fear of failure. Our reality is rock solid, a God who knows about our fear and sticks close to us. I am moved by the description of God in The Message: “granite-strength and safe-harbor God.” This is a passage from Psalm 62.
My help and glory are in God
—granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—
So trust him absolutely, people;
lay your lives on the line for him.
God is a safe place to be.
Psalm 62:7-8 The Message
Even in the throes of fear, we have this granite-strength, safe-harbor God, and that is enough. In that God, we exchange fear for hope. I leave you with a blessing from Nelson Mandela:
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.