Fear: “A painful emotion or passion excited by an expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger.” – Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
So, what are you afraid of? If we asked people to list what they fear their lists might include, death, poverty, sickness…but perhaps things like public speaking, other’s opinions, failure, and rejection might also appear.
If we use Webster’s definition of fear, the expectation of evil or danger, we would have to revise our list. What actual evil threatens a person who fails, or who must speak in public? What danger presents itself in other’s opinions?
What if we revised our list to only include those things that truly brought the risk of danger? Let’s take a closer look.
Do you fear death? John 11:25: “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.”
Do you fear poverty? Philippians 4:19: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Do you fear for your safety? Psalm27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
And just in case we forgot a few, God has already covered those too.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (ESV)
There will be times when we are afraid but David tells us the simple remedy.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 (ESV)
So again I ask, what are you afraid of?