Way back in the 70's or 80's (I can't believe I just said way back...watch out my age is showing) I read a book called "The Nevertheless Principle." I don't remember the author's name and I gave my copy away long, long ago. I'll have to check at some out-of-print online bookstores to see if I can find it again.
Anyway, the book is about a woman who is riddled daily by her enemy "Fear." She is afraid of a lot of things. In the book, she is faced with her worst fear...death of her husband. Her husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Throughout the book she shares the journey God took her on and how she learned to be claim victory over her fears with one word..."Nevertheless."
God used this word to teach her how to trust Him. She found in scripture that the word was used most often as a trust word after great calamity or fear. By using this word she was able to trust God through the death of her husband and starting a new life.
Here are two of scriptures powerful examples:
2 Timothy 1:12 "For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day."
Hebrews 12:11 "Now, no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."
Lately, "Fear" has challenged my whole family in different ways. For me it is my beginning this new adventure in speaking and blogging. "Fear" has attacked my daughter in many areas: learning to swim, (she does not like to have water in her face) test anxiety,(she soooo wants to be perfect...can I get a witness?) movies (Disney movies scare her. Anything that has any conflict plot line no matter how simple, or if the outcome is good, she gets scared) and even DVD games. She is nine and still has not learned to ride her bike---scared. Her fear will sometimes cripple her and often stops us from enjoying certain things together. I will give her props though...She can talk or sing in front of any size crowd and can ride any roller coaster you can dream up! As for my husband, his struggle with "Fear" is that of becoming a Pastor. He feels God's call and we are fairly certain God has already provided the church. He preaches for them the 1st time on August 10th. (Pray) "Fear" however keeps tapping at his mind with statements like, "Are you sure?" "Can You really shepherd God's people?" "You don't know how to run a deacons meeting or handle a business meeting." He knows logically that God will see him through but the doubts about his calling have remained. Until yesterday when God gave him a big "NEVERTHELESS."
He works at the bookstore in the Billy Graham library and yesterday a couple came in looking to buy a Bible. He showed them several, all the while conversation was taking place on who they were, what might be their needs, ect. After selecting a Bible, the man began to question Mike about his calling. Mike shared with them about the church that we feel God is leading him to shepherd. The man walked over pulled down a "Minister's Bible" from off the shelf and told my husband that God wanted him to have that Bible. The man bought the Bible, signed it and handed it to my shocked husband. The Bible was a $175 Bible! But more shocking to my husband was the man's confidence in the calling of someone he had only talked to for about 20 minutes. Mike knew it was a "nevertheless" moment. We can't wait to see what God is fixing to do.
What about you? What are areas "Fear" attacks you? Share any "Nevertheless" moments God has made for you.