The banging and clanging startled me from a restless sleep. I knew all too well what was happening.
I’ve seen their claw marks on trees, crouched in fear as they raided nearby campsites, walked up on one with cubs, and read signs warning of their presence. Black bears are no friends to campers and hikers. While a black bear’s natural response to human presence should be fear, negligence on the part of too many campers has often removed that fear. Rather than running, they rob, tease, and occasionally attack.
David acknowledged that fear occasionally haunted him but also offered his response. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. (Psalm 56:3 KJV)
God isn’t the author of fear—never has been…never will be. One biblical writer was so bold as to say that God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). While God has created in us the fight or flight syndrome—and fear can cause us to avoid danger and harm, debilitating fear is not of God. God just gives me the good sense to get out of harm’s way.
Jesus, on the other hand, said not to fear those who could harm the body. Rather, respect the one who has power over my soul instead (Matthew 10:28). My body will die, but my soul won’t.
Faith is the opposite of fear, and God wants me to live by the former instead of the latter. He will always act in my best interest. Even if a tragic accident snuffs out my life, my soul is secure in his presence. And in life? He promises to supply every need I have. I have no reason to fear.
Are you living with a spirit of fear?
Prayer: Thank You Lord Jesus for assuring us we have no reason to fear when You control our lives.
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