By Ryan Kelly –
Have you ever been afraid of something? Perhaps as a child you were afraid of a monster in your closet or afraid of a dark room. Maybe now you are afraid of losing a loved one, or afraid of losing a job or home. Fear is common in this world, but it shouldn’t be.
Fear is a key tool of Satan to place a wedge between believers and our Lord. Fear causes us to seek immediate relief, and often this does not involve the great faith that we are urged to have in God. Fear is evil, and we must reject it.
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Our spirit is not designed to be afraid, but to be at peace as we have faith in the Lord.
In Isaiah 41:10, God tells us to “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
If the Lord of all creation tells us to place our faith in Him and not to fear or worry, then we need to listen. The fact is that life is hard and things go wrong. But these are not a surprise to God and He never lacks a plan fir us through these challenges. Although we may be anxious about the future, we should never fear anything. Because God is for us, so who can be against us?