Facing Fear with Faith

I am often challenged in times of trouble by the fear of each situation. It is not something that naturally comes to me, but over the years I have found myself more susceptible to the fear of what the future may hold. I have had a couple of challenges recently where the paradigm of fear became an option in my life, and if I made the choice to take that path, I have no doubt that I would have become paralysed with this fear. Not many people know that the phrase “Do not Fear” occurs in the Bible 365 times. One for each day of the year. It is one of the most talked about concepts in all scripture. In times where I have the choice to have a fearful response, I am compelled to look up verses that directly address my fears such as -

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

We live in times where fear can easily enter our lives. It is something that cripples your potential and robs others of the best you can bring to situations and relationships. We see this in sports, and we see it regularly in the classroom. In each of these situations we all want a breakthrough, but for many this aspiration is never achieved. In my time as a Principal, I have not witnessed many who can walk through a fear-full stage of life on their own. The nature of fear is that we often retreat into our shell when the true response should be to seek support and help. For many, regaining their full potential can only come through the understanding of what we have been created for. 

Throughout my faith journey, I have learned that God can and will take care of these fearful experiences. If I pass them over to Him, He will strengthen me through these times of turmoil and adversity. I am created for a purpose and to achieve God’s intended plan, He places colleagues and friends around me who share this faith and support me in many different ways through these times of need. Having these people pray with me and care for me make a significant difference in how I enter and leave stressful and difficult times. I thank God regularly for these trusted individuals. They are invaluable as they sacrifice their time and energy to ensure I can fulfill the plan God has in my life. I know that I am not alone in these times, as in the last few weeks I have met and worked with a large number of families who are struggling in really difficult situations at the moment. It is heartbreaking to hear stories where things just haven’t gone to plan; situations that have occurred through no fault of their own, and lives that have been shaken by adversity. 

I want to remind you that there is a God who loves you, a God who wants to help you, and a community of Christian believers around you at Hillcrest who will support you in whatever way possible. Our College is far more than just a school, we are a community that believes in the power of our Heavenly Father and the love of Jesus Christ, and we want to walk your journey with you. If you need some support, please contact us so that we can walk alongside you and your family.


Jeff Davis
Executive Head of College