ourFear is one enemy of the soul that can paralyze its victim. There are many types of fear, and they all point to one thing: lack of trust.
Trust isn’t always easy, especially when one had been burned. Think about it. In restaurants, we trust strangers to serve us food that is clean and edible and to handle our money, debit cards and credit cards without stealing from us. We trust people we know little to nothing about to care for our children and to have a positive influence on their lives. We trust a machine to start and stop when it’s supposed to while we drive it 65 mph down the road. We board a huge plane and trust it to take us into the sky safely and fly us to a destination miles away.
Then we lack trust for the Creator of the Universe who loves us without measure and wants only the best for us. How is this possible?
Fear is a natural part of our makeup and can help us stay safe, but when fear is unreasonable, it can control us. For example, agoraphobia is the fear of leaving home, keeping the victim a prisoner in his own house. Irrational fear of the unknown can hinder the activities of a person, causing him or her to miss out on life. Fear of the unknown can include fear of change or fear of death.
Other fears that can plague us are fear of losing freedom, fear of pain, fear of losing one’s identity and/or security, and fear of misery. We can have an unreasonable fear of causing disappointment or being disappointed, which may keep us from trying anything challenging. If we don’t attempt that new job or that promotion, we won’t be disappointed if we don’t make it. If we never try to learn to play an instrument or a new language, we won’t disappoint anyone when we fail. If we don’t register for college, we won’t disappoint our loved ones by dropping out. This can also be the fear of failure.
Another fear is the fear of being ridiculed. This is a social fear of not projecting a good enough image of ourselves to others. We are often at the mercy of the opinions of others, and an unreasonable fear can cause us to stay hidden from the social spotlight.
We also are sometimes tormented by the fear of rejection. If we only justify our existence through the acknowledgment and acceptance of others, then we suffer when others reject us or we think they reject us. This often happens when a spouse is unfaithful or divorce happens. Divorce is the ultimate rejection. Marriage joins two people into one spiritually speaking, and when a mate divorces the partner, he or she rejects him or her. Some folks have difficulty forgiving and overcoming the feeling of rejection.
Fear is a horrendous enemy that must be overcome for one to live a successful, victorious life. And it is possible through the Word of God and hard work. Do the hard work and fight this enemy. You can win.
2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and a sound mind.