The fearful and unbelieving

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of the world leaves us in a panicked state of mind. One form of fear give us understanding while the other supplants every form of rational thinking we usually exhibit. Fear brings persons together and fear can divide. There is more to fear than meets the eye.


“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”

Psalms 119:133


Defiance


Fear arises to defy the army of the living God. Our flesh reacts to the natural and if there's no spiritual foundation in us, this is the only reaction we will have. When we walk in the spirit, the spirit reacts and that spirit has no fear.


“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7


Our fear is a reaction to a thought of the potential outcome of a situation which we then attempt to manipulate. We try to manipulate a situation that may or may not be all due to a single thought. Our process of trying to overcome fear includes seeking out an understanding. Our misstep is running deeper into the world and further away from the one who is in control.


“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.”

Deuteronomy 32:39


Teachable moment


The fearful get thrown into the fire. Fear is a challenge that is meant to teach us. That which is not done in faith is sin. When David slew the lion and the bear to save a lamb, he risked his life to save another. Most would not risk their life for another human being, far less an animal.


“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.”

Romans 5:7


It's the idea of placing our life on the altar so another life may be preserved. Overcoming fear requires us to look outside of ourselves and embrace a selfless nature. We must in essence die to self so that true life is realised. Fear teaches us the opposite. Fear says that if my life is spared at the cost of another, then it's all for the greater good. Remember the words of Christ.


“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”

Luke 15:4


Fear is a learning process. Sometimes we may need to take a step back and re-access the situation that we're up against. Evaluate what we may be fearful of losing and place our trust in the words of our provider.


“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Luke 12:32


Going back home


A crisis to us might simply be just another day to someone else. Abide in the spirit of wisdom and understanding. A spirit that comes from walking with God, talking to God and meditating on his word day and night.


“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

James 1:22


The enemy operates on our lack of knowledge in the goodness of God. By the grace of God, we now have full access to approach his throne room with boldness when things seem beyond us.


“The cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.”

Deuteronomy 1:17


Fear will always emit a response. Our trust instincts must take precedence as we take up the shield of faith. God has delivered fear into our hands by him and through him.


“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.”

Joshua 10:8


What we deem as fear knows what true fear is. The earth melts, the land shakes, the mountains cry out and the sky darkens all at his presence. The only thing we have to fear is...God himself.


“Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”

Isaiah 8:13


God is our helper. Fear him with a godly fear of honour and reverence. May the wisdom and understanding of God be your stability in trying times. He searches our hearts and a heart devoted to him will he always provide for. Live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.


“He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.”

Psalms 145:19