Fear More To Fear Less
“Don’t touch the stove, because it’s hot and it will burn you!” We are tasked with teaching children with the basics of life. If they are able to learn what is dangerous and to avoid it, they can escape having to learn the hard way! Learning a healthy fear for something means we live with an attitude of respect for it, rather than living in a state of terror. We are human, and fear is one of the emotions that we were created with. Healthy fear is a helpful protection mechanism. Paralyzing and irrational fear is destructive.
Fear is one of those topics that Scripture deals with that at first looks contradictory. We are commanded to both “Fear not” and to “Fear God”. We are told, “Do not be afraid”, but also that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. It is not that we are to ELIMINATE fear from our lives. Rather we are instructed to focus on the proper subject which then gives us an alternative viewpoint to put things in their right place.
Because we are humans living in a physical world, there are plenty of things that we see, know their power of, and/or experience that are legitimate focuses of our fear. Fear of physical harm. Fear of illness. Fear of death. Fear of financial difficulty. Fear of relational breakdown. Fear of loneliness. When we look around at society we see that fear is one of the greatest motivators and focal points. We could reasonably accuse the media and politicians of being fear-mongers!
So how does biblical truth inform our lives on this matter? Here are some powerful verses:
Romans 8:31-If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Psalm 46:1-3- God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
Psalm 27:1- The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
Psalm 47:2-For the Lord Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.
Acts 17:24-25 – “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.
When we acknowledge that God is Creator and King of all He has made it ought to temper any fears of the temporal that we have. As we walk in a relationship of faith with our Heavenly Father through Jesus, we can trust He will provide for us, protect us, and guide us. We can fear less the things of earth because we fear more (fear of God=have a right understanding of God which produces in us a right attitude toward God that has the actions to match) the one who is in charge! Our trust in God’s sovereignty will release us from living in the grips of fear that so dominates our world.