First and foremost, fear is a gift from God. Incredible things have been accomplished because of the human body’s ability to pump adrenaline into a person when facing a life–threatening situation. Our fight or flight instinct is a good thing, particularly when very real physical dangers are at hand.
Humans have relied on that fear mechanism throughout history, giving us energy to run from wild animals, the ability to seek shelter in a storm or the drive to face battles with neighboring kingdoms. Appropriately applied, fear helps keep safe. It is a gift from God.
However, most of us do not face fight or flight moments in daily life (except for teaching my teens how to drive!). When such an immediate reaction is not required, fear turns from being a gift into being a hindrance. There are many interesting videos online about overcoming fear, suggesting tips and tools to overcome fear – always in 5 easy steps! But ultimately, fear is a spiritual issue. And the greatest antidote to fear is trust in God. I’m not suggesting that trusting in God assures that everything will turn out fine, but that everything is in God’s hands and that God loves us deeply.
- Can you recall a time when fear was a gift in your life?
- Of what are you afraid?
- How does your faith help you quell your fears?
Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.
Let us pray,
Lord God, we thank you for the gift of fear which enables us to avoid many causes of harm: physically, emotionally and relationally. As we address destructive fear, open our eyes to recognize the way fear can be a barrier in our relationship with you. We pray in the name of the one who said, again and again, “do not be afraid,” Jesus Christ our Lord.
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