Easier said than done, eh? I mean we all have issues before us that strike fear into our minds and hearts. The financial, the marital, thoughts about the future, including what may feel like the end of the runway, are just a natural part of what runs through our mind. The fear of failure has threatened me hundreds of times huffing and puffing at my fragile self, but has yet to defeat me. Thanks be to God!
This simple but sobering phrase is recorded no less than sixty-two times in the Old Testament and New Testament KJV. God says it, Jesus says, leaders say it to one another, and Paul uses it as an encouragement for the persecuted church to keep climbing. Fear not.
What is the antonym of fear anyway? Security? I would think that Biblically the antonym of fear is trust. And not just any kind of trust, but the trust specifically that we have in One who is greater than us, greater in ability than us, and greater in wisdom and power than all we face. That would be God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So the term is really used not just as an encouragement to stand tall, but even more as an invitation to depend. Depend on God’s greatness, depend on God’s miraculous grace, and depend on God’s love which conquers all fear. That my friends is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Fear not, trust in God, and be at peace.