Facing Our Fears Through Our Foundation in Faith
I never understood the fascination that some people have with fear. There are enough things in life that scare me; I don’t need horror movies or haunted houses to add to my angst, but there are people out there who get a kick out of frightening themselves and others. On the other hand, there are plenty of people who allow themselves to be paralyzed by fear.
So what is the best way to deal with this natural human emotion? Well, Scripture provides considerable guidance in terms of confronting the fears we all have, and most of it is encouraging. In the Old Testament Book of Isaiah (41:10), for example, we are advised to, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
The Book of Deuteronomy (31:6) is equally reassuring with this passage: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
In the New Testament Book of Philippians, we are encouraged to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
And finally, this short passage from II Timothy (1:7), which states, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
All four of these passages remind us that God is always with us, so there is no reason to fear. Of course, that is easier said than done, but if we hold firm to our faith and stand on the rock of Jesus as our foundation, we can make it through any adversity that we encounter in life. We can also share our faith with others so that they, too, can build a foundation in Christ that can help them weather the storm.
On this Halloween weekend when many people like to scare and be scared, let us address the fears we have in life and acknowledge the advocate we have in the Lord, who helps us to overcome those fears.
Until We Meet Again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John