Whom shall I fear?

Fear...

Something I am sure most have dealt with at some point in their lives.
Another topic that likely doesn't have any barriers.  It seems one can possibly have a fear of just about anything as I read through the list of diagnosis associated with fear disorders.
Some seem absurd, however, for those suffering from some of those disorders, I am sure it is not.
The movie "What About Bob" provides a comical insight into the life of a patient played by Bill Murray that struggles with various phobias.  But as said, I suspect one living a love with such phobias would not find much humor in it.

 Fear can be difficult to overcome.  It can take a lifetime to overcome.  There have been periods in my life where I could say I have had fear overtake me even if for a short term.   Fear of the unknown, anxiety about work.  Fear for my children.  Fear is real, but for those who have put their trust in God... Do we have anything to really fear?

The fourth chapter of  a Shelter in the time OF STORM takes an interesting walk through the topic of fear.  The chapter is titled "Fearless Forever" and is based off Psalm 27:1.
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?"

Having read through the previous 3 chapters and living in the broken world in which we live... It would be easy to give way to fear.  To live a constant life of looking over my shoulder for the next possible danger.  To not leave the house out of fear of what I may encounter.  We were not created to live a life of fear.   Instead, we were created to live a life of hopeful expectation knowing that God is with us and will keep us.  

I won't ignore the fact that bad things happen.  I won't ignore the question of "Why did God not protect".   I also won't attempt to persuade or convince that I have any significant answers.  What I will say is how I am trying to live my life of fearlessness knowing that God is in control.  Sure I will have moments of fear... but my prayer is that those moments are simply sign posts pointing me to the one who will see me through.

More to come this week!

 

Comments

  1. Fear paralyzes. The wrong kind of fear that is. There is a healthy fear we need to have. Fear (reverence) of God. Fear of deadly machines. But we need not fear whatever the enemy has in store. Good thoughts today Ryan. Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. Agree as usual... a healthy fear of God is important... Similar to how children should have a healthy respect for their parents.... we should never be fearful of the unknown... though that can be easier said than done at times.

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  2. Yes, it's human nature to have fear, but whenever that anxiety bug grabs hold of me, I remember to run to God in prayer for His help. He never disappoints!
    Blessings, Ryan!

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    1. A good place to run for sure! Thanks for the comment.

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  3. I never thought about having fear...or what it was like. Sometimes to fear something is like you said, unwarranted and unnecessary. We have a great God who can do anything!

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    1. I agree we do... I just need to learn to remember to live like I know it. Thanks for the comment.

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