Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Many people live with fear. They pillow their heads at night with fear. They drive to work in fear. They attend family functions in fear. They go to work and they perform their daily functions in life but have a nagging fear.
And that fear can penetrate any and every area of life from the most minute thing you could think of to the most overwhelming possibility.
Fear grips and paralyzes an individual even to the extent in some cases of not being able to function normally in life.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Fear is a tormentor (as seen here it has to do with punishment).
To some extent I think we all have and face some fears and anxieties—health, job security, children, financial issues, etc. And we should remember that there are differing fears among different age groups. Children and adults have fears. And we should not dismiss the fears of children as unreal. They are just as real and perhaps more so to children than adults.
Is there an answer to all our fears? Yes.
The love of God answers our fears, it casts out our fears. When you fully understand the love of God you do not have to be afraid. You can be confident in your Father in Heaven who loves you and will never leave or forsake you and will never overlook anything that is going on in your life. And the fact that He is totally in control brings great assurance to the tumultuous life that we go through as pilgrims in this world.
I have heard it said that, “The fear of God is the one fear that overcomes all fears.” Fearing God means: to serve and be faithful to Him; to obey His laws; to respond to His holiness; to reverence Him.
So, there is no need to fear—when you are afraid, put your trust in Him. He is completely trustworthy. He is faithful. He loves you.
And yet you can have the right kind of fear along with having no fear—you can and should fear the Lord.
“Fear not.” Put your trust in the Lord.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him, others are found and shared with permission from the original authors, some of who wish to remain anonymous.
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