Why is it so easy to default to the negative? When given the choice between holding a grudge or letting go of an offense, we typically choose to hang on to the grudge. When the decision arises to take hold of fear or to embrace courage, we often default to fear. Why is that?

And why, when we want to know God’s will about everything else, do we neglect to consider God’s will for our fear? If we take time to think about God’s words, we’ll find that He has spelled it out for us quite clearly already. (And this is true in a multiplicity of cases, by the way.)

Isaiah 35:4 reads:

Say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come.

In Joshua 1, God gives these instructions twice:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged.

Default to strength, to courage, and to the knowledge that your God will fight for you. Do not fear. Believe.