I’m way behind the times with Hollywood hits and what’s trending (and don’t care to catch up), but I did finally watch the movie Divergent, based on a dystopian fiction, my students told me “you really have to see.”
Surprisingly, I liked it.
In one scene approaching the climax, the hero Four takes heroine Tris “inside his head” to face his worst fears – to teach her how she can pass her own test and conquer her fears the way a “Dauntless” would. (If you’ve never read the book or seen the movie, this won’t make any sense. Stay with me anyway.)
The reason for his name Four is that he has four fears. He tells Tris that they never go away but shows her that they can be overcome.
We’re all afraid of something.
Maybe it’s failure, not living up to someone else’s or your own expectations. Maybe it’s loneliness. Moving away from home and going off to school sounds so adventurous – but it means leaving behind your family and friends. You second guess if you made the right decision.
Maybe it’s being inadequate, not making the grades you wanted, or finding that your “dream job,” well, just isn’t that at all.
No matter our age, we all have fears. The good news is that with God’s help, we can conquer them.
II Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) has this to say about fear: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
In other words, God has equipped us with everything we need to face the things that keep us awake at night.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:18)
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39, NKJV)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
When fear rears its ugly head, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10), and live victoriously.