Fear Is Fundamental To Christian Life
Fear is something that is common to all people, no matter their status, their wealth, or their lifestyle and we must have an answer.
Everyone experiences fear of some kind, and we can find that there are many reasons to be afraid:
Fear of pain and suffering, even just imagining of being single and lonely for the rest of our lives can make us stumble and fall.
But what about losing everything you love, your family, health, job, your country even.
Maybe you experience anxiety and are looking to the Bible for answers.
For those experiencing fear, learning the Bible can be a powerful aide to combat this negativity.
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Fear In Modern Times
Fear is constant on a global scale.
There has been and will always be many things to be fearful of.
While most of our readers are based in the US, we have to consider that millions of people aren’t as fortunate as us.
Fear of pain is why so many people flee poverty stricken countries to more developed parts of the world, I’m reminded of the African continent, when on the ill fated night of April 2014, in Chibok, Nigeria, 276 of mostly Christian female students aged from 16 to 18 were kidnapped by a terrorist group, who then forced them to convert to another religion and become slaves. This practice continues to this present day.
But this is an extreme case of suffering, most of us in our daily life experience fears ranging from fear of rejection, failure, break ups, loss of loved ones, a job, wealth and prosperity, and injury through accidents and disease.
These are things that cause fear for us.
Fear In The Bible
Fear has been around for as long as humans have been.
Fear is a part of our “human nature”.
Fear is so common to the human existence that it is the very first emotion that Adam and Eve experienced after they disobeyed God.
They heard the sound of God in the garden of Eden, this made them hide because they were afraid.
Fear would continue to plague mankind in the Bible, as we remember Lot who was gripped with fear of being alone when living in the land of Zoar, so he settled in the mountains with his daughters leading to adultery and perversion.
Jacob feared for the safety of his youngest son Benjamin and compelled him to keep Benjamin home.
“But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “Lest some calamity befall him.” (Genesis 42:4)
While fear is often an impulse, in the Bible fear is also a command:
“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
What Does Fear Teach Us?
Fundamentally, fear teaches us to be grateful.
We cannot see the good, unless we’ve seen the bad.
We have dark moments, but that only lets us see the good in the world. So fear can be used as an aide to show us that we need to be appreciative for what we do have.
The lesson that we can take away here is, when our relationship with God is secure, we may find comfort and courage in the truth that God will protect us and defend us.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.” (Psalms 27:1, 3)
Someone might say, but I don’t see God helping me, but that is speaking in ignorance, if only we have kept a journal of all the things God has done in our life, then would see that truly He never leaves or forsakes His own children.
What are you fearful of? Has the Bible helped you get over these fears?
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