1 Samuel 12:24 ~ Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. Psalms 118:6 ~ The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Proverbs 29:25 ~ The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Isaiah 51:12 ~ I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; Luke 12:5 ~ But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
The Definition of Fear:
An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. A feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the safety and well-being of someone.
• [ intrans. ] ( fear for) feel anxiety or apprehension on behalf of : I fear for the city with this madman let loose in it.
• [with infinitive ] avoid or put off doing something because one is afraid : they aim to make war so horrific that potential aggressors will fear to resort to it.
• used to express regret or apology : I'll buy her book, though not, I fear, the hardback version.
• archaic regard (God) with reverence and awe.
How often do we experience the crippling effect of fear? What circumstances or situations send us reeling about with uncontrollable waves of anxiety rushing over us? Has tension, worry or fear ever been productive in our quest for security and peace of mind? Can we let go of this overwhelming fear or, are we afraid of what might happen? Does the fear of man have power over our day to day life that it paralyses us to the point of despair?
We are encouraged through the Word of God to depend upon the power of God which keeps us from the fear of man that has in it’s clutches either torment or temptation surrounding it. All of us face anxiety, fear, worry, or adversity in our lives in one form or another. Some face the dreaded word, “cancer,” a difficult reality accompanied by emotional pain as well as physical suffering. Tragedy comes in the form of a broken marriage or the death of a loved one. We have shattered dreams and hopes, the sting of injustice or long nights of loneliness for which we see no end in sight. Some experience endless pain in the suffering of a severely handicapped child–––knowing it will never change. Such grief and heartache is multiplied when we read the newspaper or watch the news alerting viewers of terrorism, earthquakes, famine, murder, child abduction and many more adverse situations. Some may ask, “So, where is God in all of this?”
May I assure you that God is working in and through every aspect of your life. You can trust Him with all that He has allowed to come across your path. It is not easy to trust God in times of adversity because no one enjoys pain or suffering. Having such a relationship with a God that allows you to walk through any trial, fear, or hardship with confidence in knowing He is there, (JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH), gives strength in times of coping with the unknown. God does not walk away and leave us to chance or random circumstances, but moves in our lives to accomplish His purpose and bring to Himself, the glory due His name.
Thought: If God be our salvation, we can trust and not be afraid of any situation that may come our way. A holy confidence in God and His unlimited power encourages man to trust Him unequivocally. We are cautioned not to fear the power of man for the fear of man brings a snare or a trap that exposes him to many temptations. Abraham denied his wife and Peter his master –––they lied about their relationships causing much grief from fear.
We must not fear the unknown, nor sickness, nor the loss of life, nor any unfavorable experience laid at our feet–––for with all adversity comes a deeper relationship with our God. His constancy sustains His beloved creation for we are not independent of God but dependent upon His sustaining power to give us life and breath and have our being.