Fear is one of those emotions that can cause a variety of reactions in a person. The word fear or any variation of it appears 329 times in the Bible. Many of those times the fear is to be of the LORD and what He can do or has done in the context of the Scripture. Other times, fear was felt by someone in the Bible because of a situation often brought on by that person’s behavior.
Fear, overall is necessary, it presents us with boundaries; but I do not want to be so gripped by fear that I am unable to function.
I need to remember that God is always bigger than whatever predicament I find myself in. I must continue to remember the words in Psalm 56: 3-4, “When I am afraid I will trust in you. In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”
There are many verses in the Bible that also tell us to Fear Not, such as:
“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” Isaiah 43:1b-3a (NIV).
We are to stand firm with God, even when it might seem that we should fear. When David stood before Goliath it seemed pretty obvious who was going to win and who was going to lose. All of Israel’s army was cowering in fear and fully afraid of this 9 foot tall man. But David, who by all accounts was a young teenage boy, stood courageously in front of Goliath, armed with just a thin, leather sling (1 Samuel 17).
David should have been quite afraid, instead he had the Lord on his side. “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head (1 Samuel 17:45-46).”
We all know how the story ended. David killed Goliath and cut off his head. It isn’t because David was so amazing, it was because God was so awesome.
Rich Mullins said it best;
“Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome God.”
Fear. It is understandable, even expected, but God is always bigger than what we face.
“In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”