Fear sees a roadway as a dead-end. Faith sees a roadway as a runway to opportunity…….. unknown Hebrews: 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. The Bible mentions two specific types of fear.
The first type of fear is fear of the Lord, and should be encouraged. This type of fear does not necessarily mean to be afraid of something. Rather, it is a reverence for His power and glory. It is also a proper respect for His wrath and anger. In other words, the fear of the Lord is a total acknowledgement of all that God is, which comes through knowing Him and His attributes. Fear of the Lord brings with it many blessings and benefits. It is the beginning of wisdom and leads to good understanding (Psalm 111:10). Only fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7). Furthermore, fear of the Lord leads to life, rest, peace, and contentment (Proverbs 19:23). It is the fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27) and provides a security and a place of safety for us (Proverbs 14:26).
The second type of fear mentioned in the Bible is of “no benefit” to us. This is the “spirit of fear” mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” A spirit of fearfulness and timidity does not come from God. However, sometimes we are afraid, sometimes this “spirit of fear” overcomes us, and to overcome it we need to trust in and love God completely. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). No one is perfect, and God knows this. That is why He has liberally sprinkled encouragement against fear throughout the Bible. We are constantly reminded, from Genesis to the book of Revelation, God reminds us to “Fear not.”
To me… fear and confidence go hand in hand. If I am fearful… then I lack confidence. If I am confident…. Then I lack fear. I’ve spent a “life-time” PROVING I could do what others thought that I could not. The “first two motels that I built, were MORTGAGE FREE. The “first hotel” I built was MORTGAGE FREE. No one thought that I could pull that off…. I NEVER doubted myself…I was FEARLESS. I’m not a carpenter; I’ve never cut a piece of wood in my life. So, I decided recently to build a dock and ramp… designing it to be a “one-man project.” I just finished building a 50’ railing around my porch roof…. Again… a one-man project. I point out “the one-man” part, to emphasize that I wanted to “prove” that I could do it by myself… CONFIDENCE…fearless. Unfortunately, I also got a hernia in the process.
Setting these types of goals (small and medium) and completing them successfully is a “tremendous confidence builder.” But let it be clear…. If I wasn’t COMPLETELY, and totally CONFIDENT of SUCCESS…. I didn’t even bother to try. Unlike others….I’ve NEVER wanted to “taste failure.” If I didn’t have a “lop-sided” chance of WINNING… then I didn’t want to play in the game. Opportunities are abound; but it’s an ART to determine the winning option.
My Step-Father… Henry Schlenke Brooks, used to say that his Mother had told him that he was “too dumb” to be smart, or successful. And the other good one… “I went through the 3rd grade, and I would have gone to the 4th, but my daddy was in the fourth, and I didn’t want to pass him.” These stories… meant to be humors (and they were), left another type of impression on me. I FELT that I “had to PROVE that I was worthy.” I was “always” behind the 8-ball… always having to PROVE that I could “do the job.” In reality, it was a GIFT from my Lord God, Jesus Christ. He placed diversity after diversity in my path…blockades….walls….and people. He knew it would strengthen my commitment; that I would be “more driven” to succeed. He KNEW me. I am strengthened by… 2 Peter 1:4 – And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Matthew 11:28-29 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Remember this…often times; what appears to be “fear” of a FAILURE, is actually a “step in the process of SUCCESS.”