Escape of some kind is usually the most tempting solution to our problems. In fact, it can become a habit. Sometimes, instead of facing our fears with courage, we seek for a way of escape because we are afraid to take risk. To achieve success in life, you have to first overcome the fear of the unknown by inculcating the truth. Accepting that there is no victory without battle prepares your mind for the worst that may happen.
Though,the biblical Hagar, Sarah’s maid servant’s biggest challenge was not self- inflicted. Her greatest problem was bought on by the choices of Abraham and Sarah, yet she chose the escape route when the going was tough.
Sometimes, God operates to make our escape attempts fail because escape is only a temporary solution. God’s desires is for us to face our problems with His help. The scriptures says, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity,but of power, love, and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
We experience His help most clearly in and through our conflicts and difficulties, not away from them. So, don’t try to use Hagar’s approach, rather, face your fears! Don’t go down into the valley because of the mountain before you. Instead, climb the mountain or go around it.
Giving up on your dreams or aspiration, abandoning a life of devotion, compromising the right standard, or retorting to self pity are easy routes of escape from your problems. Dear friends, life is full of challenges, and it is only those who put their trust in God that will survive the hard times.
The only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet. So don’t chicken out in despair, face your fears! With God’s help you will win! You’re winning! Yes, we are winning!