When I read this question from the book of Isaiah, I found it puzzling. “Who are you?” is a probing question. It indicates that Holy Spirit is convicting His children of self-importance. We have thought more highly of ourselves that we ought. Up until there, I get it. We humans do often fall into pride.
However, what does that have to do with fear? If we keep reading that same question, it continues: “Who are you that you fear…?” It seems like the concept of being puffed up, self-confident, and self-reliant… and the concept of being cowering and afraid… would be two contradictory states.
They are not. Holy Spirit explained this to me when I asked Him about it. He pointed out to me that our fears happen in places where we have not yet learned to fully trust Him. Where we are not trusting and relying on Him, we are trusting and relying on human resource as a substitute for Him. Trusting and relying on human resource (instead of on Him) is the essence of pride.
Pride is an ugly way to live. Self-reliance is a miserable way to exist. The façade of self-dependence is a fragile fortress that does not keep fear at bay.
Here is the beautiful alternative that He offers us:
Living this way, in utter trust and dependence on Him, is the essence of humility. We rely completely on Him for everything that we need. We trust Him deeply to feed us, to lead us, to heal us, to enlighten us, to strengthen us, to encourage us, to answer us, to provide absolutely everything that we need. We trust Him for wisdom in time management. We trust Him for the protection of our children. We trust Him for our next breath. We entrust our very souls into His care.
When anxiety attacks our peace, we come to Him. We humble ourselves once again in the posture of complete dependency and trust. We see ourselves as tiny, and His hand as mighty, loving, and entirely capable. We unburden ourselves, casting each care on Him. We drink in the revelation that He cares for us. And His perfect love once again casts out every fear.
To live in dependence is to live in glorious liberty. To live in humility is to live in deep, deep peace.
Next time fear tries to come and steal our peace away, let’s listen for His gentle voice asking with utmost tenderness, “Who are you, little one, that you fear? I, even I, am He who comforts you. Will you shift the weight of that burden over to Me? I can. I AM. Will you let Me carry it? Will you let Me carry you?”
In what areas has Daddy taught you to let Him carry the weight? In what areas would you love to learn to do so?