I am no stranger to the feeling of fear. Although that feeling doesn’t always come in the same form, it is almost always fear at the root. For instance, there have been many times that I prepared so much for something like a project or test or interview or any number of items, but I still couldn’t shake the nervous feeling of the pending unknown results of my efforts, or lack thereof. At other times, I used to feel anxious when circumstances came at me as a complete surprise. In either case the feeling was ultimately fear. It was a fear of something I could not control myself.
In our pride as human beings, we would like to think that we are in control of our lives. We would like to live under the assumption that we can directly keep our circumstances in control through our own power, but what tends to happen to most of us as we age is that we realize how little control we have. As children mature into adults, it quickly becomes clear that “life is unexpected”. The problem is that this very idea of the unexpected makes us all prone to fear! Like a child who is afraid of the dark because he or she cannot see what is there, we as adults are also afraid of the dark. We are afraid when we are in a position that doesn’t allow us sight to the end, which makes the path and outcome for whats ahead unclear.
That is everyday for me though. I don’t know what I’m doing in 2 months or 1 year or 5 years! I have no idea what is going to happen tomorrow. I don’t know how long I’m going to be on this earth. I don’t know if I’m going to succeed or fail. I don’t know a lot of things. So, doesn’t it make sense that I would be filled with fear of the unknown? Why don’t I have to be afraid then?
1. There is no need to fear anything in this world because the outcome has already been decided for the believer. Spoiler: Christ has already won everything for you! That outcome is unchangeable, so we should be unchangeable or “immovable” as well, right?
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:13-14
2. There is no need to fear anything in this world because God is always beside you. Although my unfaithfulness often pushes me away from God, He does not work the same way! His dedication and love for me is unwavering for eternity.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? Psalm 27:1
3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. 4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
13 “For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
3. There is no room to fear anything in this world because you should be too busy fearing Him, which immediately causes you to praise Him because you realize His great mercy, grace, and love! In return, you will be blessed.
17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them. Psalm 103:17-18
13 He will bless those who fear the Lord, the small together with the great. 14 May the Lord give you increase, You and your children. Psalm 115:13-14
1 Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. Psalm 112:1
In spite of all of that, if we were honest with each other, we would unanimously agree that nobody is perfect. Although our Lord is eternally faithful and loving, there are many times when we are unfaithful. At those times, we allow fear and doubt and worry and every other similar feeling to enter into our minds. So, what do you do in those times when the fear creeps up on you?
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
The answer is pretty clear right? We have already listed the unwavering truth of the Bible, and we can see that it tells us we have nothing to fear because He has won us victory, He is constantly with us, and He has turned our fear to praise! But when we happen to stray from His path by forgetting these things, we only need a second to recognize what is happening. We need to talk to Him, and remember that His faithfulness is proven in our lives. His power is proven in the world around us. His love is proven through His sacrifice. He is eternally proven by the things that He has done and the things that He continues to do. The proven Father is forever on our side, and through Him, we can experience a life of complete control. Through Him, we fear nothing.
14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:14-17