What time I am afraid I will trust in thee. Psalm 56:3
Do you have a phobia or phobias? What scares or terrifies you? Where did that fear originate from? Every phobia has its beginning or root system somewhere. So where did it find its beginning? As infants we were born without fear. Fear is taught, it’s a learned behavior. Shamefully, most of us have been taught the negative side of fear from our parents. Yes, fear has a positive side. That fear is the fear of the Lord which Solomon calls “Wisdom” Proverbs 9:10. Fear also has its root in disobedience as in the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:10
Here is one of many introductions to fear. “Don’t play in the rain you’ll catch a death of cold.” Or don’t cross the road a car will kill you” 😳I never understood that logic. But rain is associated with death and cars are associated with death. Not much explanation, but fear. Fear’s cousin, yes it has a cousin, is doubt. I chose those two because as kids these are the go-to for most parents.
We’re all adults now so hopefully I won’t need to break that down. I mean the death of cold thing. Duh🤦♀️ anyhow, fear and doubt walk side by side, hand in hand. They need each other to survive. Listen, no matter how good you are at something, someone will do it better, say it better, build it bigger and on and on. The key to not being overcome by fear or its cousin is by doing what the Psalmist wrote: “Trust in God.”
We will face fear at some point in our lives, but it should never be allowed to cripple us. Just as fear is the cousin of doubt -Faith in God is the one antidote that cancels them both out. This is where healthy fear kicks down the door and takes control. The reverential fear of God gives us wisdom to handle any situation. When fear comes knocking just repeat the verse for today. What time I am terrified I will trust in You. Wisdom will step up and provide insight into whatever it is that you’re facing. I can’t tell you how many times in the midst of challenging situations, when my heart is beating so loudly you wouldn’t need a stethoscope to hear it; that the fear of the Lord intervened, which is Wisdom and instructed me on how to move forward. You think these messages are long? My testimonies are books. 🤣
The Bible says this about fear: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love (God/Jesus) drives out all fear, because fear is TORMENT. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Having fear and being fearful sounds the same but it’s not. Remember we spoke earlier about phobias? And we also spoke of the fear of the Lord? The fear that torments can be real or imagined. Have you ever been fearful of an outcome and then could kick yourself after, because of the unnecessary stress you brought on yourself when things didn’t go the way you (feared) imagined they would? Can I get an Ament! That’s torment. Side note. I’m learning that when you’re walking in love, there aren’t too many things that you fear. When you’re at peace with God and man you don’t fear much.
The Holy Spirit asked me this question a few years ago. His answer put everything in perspective for me. He asked: “Do you know why you get anxious about tomorrow?”I said no. He replied; “Because there’s no grace there, I only give sufficient grace for today.” So whenever we find ourselves stressing or fearful about the future, remember there’s no grace for tomorrow only for today. It makes perfect sense. We can only live one day at a time.
The Psalmist was going through some scary stuff. Read the entire chapter. I keep telling you I’m not going to do your reading for you.😊 But in spite of it all he reminded himself of his safe place. Where is your safe place when you’re afraid? If it’s the help of man, he’s afraid too. If it’s in your bank account it will fail also. If it’s your job, well- need I say more? The unemployment numbers are historic right now, so can’t trust there. If it’s your business, oh well. If it’s your intellect and brilliance umm, heard of Alzheimer’s lol everything fails but God. He’s been around a long time and has a proven record of being a safe reliable anchor in the time of fear.
We never met our first parents Adam and Eve, but their disobedience introduced fear to us. And every parent since, no matter how well intentioned, have followed that faulty template. But thank God for His Word! He’s teaching us how to walk in Wisdom and Perfect Love. He told me when COVID-19 hit these words that I cling to. “And NOTHING shall by any means, hurt you!” I believe Him over everyone and every report. So what are you standing on during these fear filled times? The apostle Paul penned these words. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Shepherd of Love, we come running to You. We’re so grateful to have You as our safe place. You always told Your disciples to “fear not “ and as your children we too hear those comforting words. In spite of what’s going on around us, we will choose your love over fear. In Jesus Name. Amen
“It is I, do not be afraid” the words of Jesus. John 6:20
Written by permission of the Holy Spirit.