A couple of months ago, I started a series of messages on the practical day-to-day issues we face that disrupt our emotional lives. Topics such as these have surfaced: experiencing God’s peace, dealing with loneliness, doubt, discouragement and depression. We also visited the subject of fear.
I want to give you one verse to ponder related to fear. It comes from II Timothy 1:7. Paul says to young Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Fear can certainly be our friend when it serves as a means of self-preservation. We should have an adrenaline rush when we have a close brush with an automobile accident or meet a poisonous snake at a crowded intersection in life. This is constitutional fear that is placed within us for our protection.
What about the damaging effects of fear that create an overwhelming sense of dread or uncertainty? Some people fear the future. Others fear the past. Yet others have an inordinate obsession with their health, finances, or the safety of their friends and family. The things we fear are endless and come knocking on our door at the most inopportune times.
What fear holds you hostage and will not allow you a moment’s rest? Paul reminds us that God has not given us that kind of debilitating fear. God doesn’t want us to be overwhelmed with that kind of bondage. He wants us to walk in freedom, trusting His power and His love.
I challenge you to trust him with every concern in your life and know that His concern is you!
In Christian Love,