“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
I attended an intensive computer appreciation course in a famous Academy in Benin-City, Nigeria, in the past. It was designed to equip the participants with computer skills to be more effective in our chosen careers and prepare us for leadership roles.
I enjoyed the course a great deal, and I planned to come out on top of it from the onset. Sadly, I struggled to combine it with my medical practice after a short time, and I feared it might affect my work badly.
My fear soon turned to reality, and I had to choose between the course and my medical career. I chose the latter! But before I carried out my decision, I discussed it with a friend. Thank goodness, he saw through my fear and said it was not of God.
2 Timothy 1:7 quickly came to my mind. I recited it on and on and prayed to God to help me overcome my fear on the course. Before long, I felt immense strength surging through my body, and I reunited with my classmates without delay.
I worked hard to get to my class’s top in the following days and weeks. Guess what! I completed the course well and on time. I also scored distinction in each of the papers I sat for in the final examination.
Not only that, I finished as the best graduating student in my class and the entire academy for that season. God helped me overcome my fear, and I excelled in tasks I once dreaded. He has plans to do the same thing for you too (Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)). Please, give Him a chance!
As you move towards the end of 2021 and the start of 2022, I urge you not to fear what has been hindering you to date. First, it is only for a while (2 Corinthians 4:17). God will make it possible for you to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13). And you will emerge from it better off (James 1:2-4).
Please, do not fear the problems linked to your background, past, education, age, and resources anymore. Besides, do not fear what is happening to your health, children, spouse, business, etc., these days.
Instead, pray to God about them; He will not let you down (Psalm 55:22). Moreover, have faith in Him that He will sort you out at some point, and He will (Hebrews 11:6).
I assure you that you will enjoy a good frame of mind, and the chains that had kept you bound all this while will break into pieces. Sicknesses, bad breaks, harmful habits, lack, restricted thinking, poor judgment, etc., will cease to be a part of your life.
You will then begin to do what you found hard before and shine in areas you thought were beyond your reach. Soon, people will notice you and give glory to God for your life in Jesus’ name. Amen
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.
NB: I dedicate this piece to the memory of my secondary schoolboy, brother, and friend, Segun Oyesanya , who passed on recently. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.