Whom Shall I Fear?

Today, our society could be defined by one word: FEAR! We, unlike previous generations, are marked by an extreme escalation and both young and old are controlled by fear, worry, and anxiety. Despite all our technological achievements, psychiatry, and advanced medication, we still live in fear.

It’s no surprise then that God’s Word commands us, “Do not fear.” It is stated in various ways, over 365 times; a reminder for every day of the year.  2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” Fear comes from the enemy, and is his tool to drive us away from God. The enemy relies on deceit, lies, and fear (False Evidence Appearing Real)1, but it’s “God’s perfect love that drives out every fear” (1 John 4:18) and draws us near to Him.

There was a time, several years back, that fear gripped our family. My 4-year-old daughter became so afraid that she was unable to leave the house for 40 days. Fear began to rule our house, oftentimes leaving our family feeling hopeless and helpless. Yet God was not silent. Before this began, He gave me a wonderful promise in Psalms 27. These words were penned by King David who was ever-familiar with trials, tragedy, loneliness, and despair yet,t because of his confidence in our great God, could say, “The Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1-2).

When we face those times and we want to give in to fear, we must declare who God is and ask ourselves, as we hold on to Him, “whom or what shall I fear?” We must never allow fear to override our faith, or listen to the lies of the enemy, for we too can take comfort with Joshua in being reminded, “Be strong and courageous,. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1: 9).

 1 Carr, Brittney. F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real. Independently Published, 2019.
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