Fear is a primal emotion that can save us from danger or cause us to be unable to cope with or enjoy life at all. Fear and fear not appear some 365 times in the Bible, once for every day. Most things we fear are not never happen, some estimate 90%. One acronym for F.E.A.R. is:
Fear causes bodily hormones to secrete for protection and to raise the acuity of senses. Over time these hormones are destructive to the body. I grew up in a family where there was always present for me a level of anxiety which is closely related to fear. This caution created a mild nausea for me wherein I was walking on eggshells. Being part of a household with an alcoholic and mentally ill parent caused an uncertainty that was frightening. I never knew if I would be yelled at or there would be warm cookies, or why. Life was very uncertain. It is normal to want to please our parents, but impossible if you never know what will happen or having expectations accurate.
Psalm 29:25 says, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare.” This trap of pleasing man or being afraid of what to do will entrap, imprison and chain us to fear. The solution might be to run, but this is temporary. The true solution is from Psalms 111.10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This truth is repeated twice in Proverbs. What is this fear? It is respect and reverence for God. Why? Because as Isaiah 41:10 tells us, “So do not fear for I am with you.” Psalm 23, the Shepherd’s psalm reminds us not to fear even when we go through the valley of the shadow of death for God’s rod and staff protect and guide us. This truth reminds me of the earlier blog on Love. “Perfect Love castes out fear.” (1 John 4:18).
As we live in Love or God we will not have fear, for his love never fails, 1 Corinthians 13.
Again the Psalmist in 27:1 reminds us, “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? Today hear this admonition and know that the Lord is our strength and deliverer through the valley of fear. He is your Valley Guide if you trust and listen to him. The Lord will show us what to do or how to respond when in fear. God’s Holy Spirit reveals himself through prayer, God’s word, the Bible, through other godly people and circumstances his will for you. Listen and obey. Bring your fears to the Lord and confess to other godly friends to pray for and help you.
As you find strength in the Lord, you find that many of the expectations or situations appearing real, lose their strength to hurt you. As we are “still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10,11), we will know “The Lord Almighty is with us; The God of Jacob is our fortress.