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The Sum of All Fears = ?

Posted in It's Time to FLY, and Overcoming difficulties

“What I always feared has happened to me.

What I dreaded has come true.” – Job

A sad quote for a sad story. By Job 3:25, all of his children were dead. Boils covered his body. His wife degraded his faith. And his friends weren’t talking to him.

Job’s worst fears became facts.

If we add up unexpected losses, unexplained illnesses and a slew of unanswered questions, we land in our unimaginable too.

I try my best to avoid the sum of my fears. I wish them away. I pray they don’t happen. I try not to speak of any degree of their likelihood. And yet Job’s story reminds us, even at our best, we are unable to avoid what God’s sovereignty allows.

I won’t ask you to list the sum of your fears; but if you did, what would be your conclusion?

the sum of all fears = panic?

the sum of all fears = denial?

the sum of all fears = bitterness?

After his test, Job did a different kind of math. Here’s what he said to God:

“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.” – Job 42:2-3 NLT

Now he’s Job the Wise. When I’m afraid, I can also speak of things I don’t understand. But I’m learning some things are too wonderful for me to know — until God is ready to reveal them. Job’s tragic chapter 3 eventually became a triumphant chapter 42 because…

The sum of all fears is much < the faithfulness of God.

its-time-to-flylessonsThanks for the flight lesson Job. When we’re afraid, I pray we’ll FLY towards our “chapter 42” too. It’s the sure way to add more hope for the heart and joy to the soul.




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  1. Raynette Covington
    Raynette Covington

    Hi Joy,
    I really enjoyed this post. FLY, is an easy way for me to remember how to handle fears and to share this with others.

    Thanks again,

    October 4, 2016
    • Joy

      Hi Raynette! I’m glad “FLY” is an encouragement to you. May God use it as an effective tool as you share it with others!

      October 4, 2016
  2. Gail Burke
    Gail Burke

    Joy, these FLY posts are just awesome. They really help me grow my faith. All the posts speak to me but the No-FLY Zone post came right down my alley. Love,

    October 4, 2016
    • Joy

      I’m glad you are growing in your faith through this series Gail. I can see you leaving the No-FLY zone right now! Love you too!

      October 4, 2016
  3. I know you’re a woman of stalwart faith. But are you a pilot or ever wanted to be one? You know the lingo. I’m enjoying our flight plan for the month of October. 🙂 Memorable lessons.

    October 4, 2016
    • Joy

      Thanks Karen! I love to travel by air, but God is using my limited experience to expand our understanding of what it means to follow Christ. Keep FLYing with me dear friend!

      October 4, 2016
  4. Crystal Dawn Murphy
    Crystal Dawn Murphy

    Hey Joy,
    I’m flying now! Really enjoyed this post, it is life applicable. I have been in Job’s spot more times than I care to remember but, as you noted, I have also seen my Chapter 42s. What a great way to remind us of God’s sovereignty during our most difficult Chapter 3 moments. Be blessed!

    October 4, 2016
    • Joy

      Hi Crystal! I’m glad to see your feet of faith have left the ground. Blessings to you too!

      October 4, 2016

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