Thoughts on Fear

  • 8 January 2017

I’ve been pondering lately what makes people afraid. To fear is to not trust God but the average person would not give that as a reason for their fears. I know, in my life, my biggest fears have been due to thinking God would not intervene in a bad situation. The bottom line was that I wanted what I wanted and I did not want to accept the fact that God may not give me what I wanted. (How selfish is that!)

In talking with a friend recently, I realized that fear in some people may have to do with knowing that one is not right with God. Maybe they fear God will do bad things to them because of how they are living, or maybe they’re afraid of dying because they know that they are not ready to meet Him.

If this is the root of your fear, it is not too late to repent of your sins and ask God’s forgiveness. God did not give you that spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). He desires for you to walk in faith and victory, completely trusting Him in everything! This is not impossible.

When one knows that there is nothing hidden in their life that is displeasing to the Lord, he or she can lay down that fear and walk in complete trust, knowing that God will take care of them. Sure, disappointments will still come. We will still face financial stress, sickness, death, and a myriad of other things but we will also be able to say with Job, “Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him” (Job 13:15).

I am praying for strength to trust Him more than ever this year. This past few years, I’ve dealt with more fears than I remember dealing with previously, but I know in reality that nothing can happen to me that my God doesn’t allow. I am continuing to learn to rest in that. I pray that you are too.


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  1. Scotty Ray Searan - January 8, 2017 at 10:48 PM

    How are we loving?

    1 John 4:17-19 King James Version (KJV)

    17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

    18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

    19 We love him, because he first loved us.

  2. Maxine K Hopp - January 9, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Hello Sony Elise,

    Thank you always for your articles. Even when I do not comment back to so many, I do appreciate hearing what God is doing in your life, and it helps me realize even more what He does in all of our lives.

    My first thought in a small remark of yours today…’This past few years…’……this is an Ebenezer stone…I Samuel 7:12…Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, “Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.”

    I have a journal that I call my ‘Ebenezer’ book….(very sporadic with entries, but each one recording one of but many times when ‘the LORD has helped me’. I keep reminding myself…”I am 77 years old, and hitherto has the LORD helped me.” At times I can still struggle to get this into my soul, but if and when I do it surely helps to calm the fears.

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