There are many types of fear…. fear of hurting one’s feelings, not accomplishing our desired goals, losing the political race, not passing the test, a rejected marriage proposal. The “fear of getting caught” doing something you should not be doing. Some, too, are afraid that won’t go to heaven.
It seems the younger people are more “fearless” than the older ones. It may be that as they grow older and can understand “caution” more… they become more insecure and more fearful of their surroundings. I wonder why.
Some animals…squirrels for an example; seem not to be afraid…it seems that squirrels and opossums are highly ranked in road kill. Research tells us that about 41 million squirrels, 26 million cats, 22 million rat, 19 million opossums, 15 million raccoons, are killed annually…on the nation’s highways. It seems then, that animals don’t seem to be very fearful. We humans…ah…another story…all together.
Humans, though because of their unique ability to “think” are decidedly more fearful, or worse, lacking in fear. Which, I wonder, is the more fearful…man or woman? At least one study says that men are just as fearful as women are. The difference is that men tend to hide their fears more than women do. Men dwell on protecting their Macho image…and, why would that be? When Jesus stood before Pilate, Pilate showed his fear, at least, three times. Even Peter showed his fear when he denied Christ in the garden.
We are told in 2 Timothy 1:6-8 – For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and self-control. So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.
Some believe, as I do, that “fear is a gift from the Lord.” Of course, I’m speaking in spiritual terms, as in reality… we should NEVER be afraid of God. That said, though… sacred Scripture attests, “Happy the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commands” (Ps 112:1), and “the beginning of wisdom is fear of Lord” (Sir 1:12). This simply means that we should be afraid of the “consequences” of “not believing in God.
I caution, then, those who lack fear in the common sense of the word, who often don’t recognize when “not to do something.” That said, fear can be a good thing, as well. Fear may save you from a bad marriage, or the wrong job, or even keep you from doing something terribly wrong. Also, procrastination breeds fear. We’re told in Psalm 34:4 – “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
We are warned in Matthew 10:28 – And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
So, the bottom line…don’t give satan a “foothold.” …Blessings…cjlb… 8/6/16