Fear, that mischievous gremlin that sneaks into our minds, can often feel like an unwelcome houseguest. It shows up uninvited, wreaking havoc on our peace of mind and stirring up unnecessary worries. But fear not! The Bible has more than 300 references to fear, including some timeless wisdom to offer on the subject. Join us on a journey through its pages to find solace, courage, and maybe even a chuckle or two. So, grab your sense of humor and let’s dive into what the Bible says about fear, using the delightful writing trio of King David, the Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle Paul.
FEAR NOT BECAUSE OF YOUR GOOD SHEPHERD
If life were a theme park, Psalm 23 would undoubtedly be the “Fear-Free Zone” ride. Just imagine being led beside calm waters and having your soul restored. You’ve got your own personal tour guide—none other than the Good Shepherd himself! As you stroll through the valley of the shadow of death, fear may try to photobomb your peace. But don’t worry, that’s just fear’s attempt at gate-crashing a divine guided tour. Remember, even in the presence of your most fearsome foes, the Good Shepherd sets up a buffet table for you, complete with an overflowing cup of comfort. Fear might want to RSVP, but it’s not on the guest list.
FEAR NOT BECAUSE FEAR IS FIRED
“Hey there, fear,” Isaiah 41:10 begins, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.” Imagine fear receiving its pink slip from our heavenly CEO! Fear isn’t just out of a job, but it’s also time to pack up its boxes and clear out its cubicle. This verse is like receiving a cosmic “Out of Office” email with the best message ever. “Fear is no longer in the office, but peace, courage, and strength are here to fill its shoes.” So, the next time fear tries to punch in, remind it that its position has been filled with something much better.
FEAR NOT, INSTEAD UNLEASH YOUR INNER FEARLESS DYNAMO
Have you ever felt like fear is a little pest with an oversized megaphone, shouting irrational thoughts at you? Well, 2 Timothy 1:7 turns down the volume and hits the mute button. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” In other words, fear may want to dominate the conversation, but we’ve got a divine trio of power, love, and self-control who know how to take center stage. Think of it as an emotional superhero team-up, where fear doesn’t even make the cut for auditions. So, whenever fear tries to hog the spotlight, kindly let it know that it’s not even on the program.
Fear might be like that pesky relative who overstays their welcome during holidays, but thankfully we’re now armed with the wisdom from Psalms, Isaiah and 2 Timothy. Remind yourself to “fear not” because you’ve got a toolkit to give fear the boot. From divine shepherding to the firing of fear and the fearless superhero trio, the Bible paints a picture of a life unburdened by irrational worries. So, as you face the rollercoasters of life, remember to keep these verses close at hand, and fear not. You’re walking through life with a Good Shepherd, a heavenly CEO, and an emotional superhero team by your side.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What verses do you lean on when you need to be reminded to “fear not?” Tell us in the comments!