What is fear?
That’s what I read today in a cubicle here at work. It’s the first time I’ve thought about “fear” like that. But I started thinking. What have I “feared” in the past? Generally, it’s the things we “worry” about – things that never happen, or things that are inconsequential. Things that are false, but appear real.
Most of the time, we worry or fear things that we have no control over, and things that in the end don’t really matter.
Changing topics for a second, I have had the privilege of listening to children recite memory verses for AWANA, as well as recite questions about “Why God gave us the Bible.” While they have the answers in the book, I try to ask them, why do you think God gave us the Bible. The answers are almost all genuinely better than the answer the book gives.
One answer I think comes back to the question of FEAR. God gave us the Bible so that we would know our future.
We don’t have to fear anything. God is in control. He has given us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
And to that end:
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God – Isaiah 41:10a