Often the fear of a person or a “something” is more devastating than the person or the “something.” I have tried to help people to continue with full living, yet they simply could not move on due to a vague or strong “feeling of fear about an unidentified something or other.” Others call it a “sense of foreboding.” David covered this type of fear when he wrote in Psalms 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”
When we do not know the “who” or the “something” we may rest assured that our Lord Jesus knows all about it, and He forcing any real person or “something” to be at least a part of His overall plan in our life. He is in control of the sparks of our life that fly upward. Job 5:7, “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”
I have been told, “Larry, you’re paranoid.” My response is simply, “Just because I’m paranoid does not mean they’re not out to get me!” Fearing mistakes or trouble does not prevent said troublesome times. Such is the norm of life. Benjamin Franklin said:
"Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out."
Being afraid of making a mistake is the biggest mistake, since this brings your life to a standstill and if you stand on that spot very long, you will begin to drift backwards.
Several times in the Bible God appeared to one of His servants and upon the servant becoming aware of God’s presence, God said, “Be not afraid!” The tone was that of a command! When fear is working people tend to be afraid of their own shadow, let alone the voice of The Almighty. Thus our Lord drives away fear and then gives His direction to us so that we walk in faith and are not crippled with the fear that paralyzes. There is no record that God told Adam not to be afraid, as God was dealing with Adam about sin and the terrible price to be paid due to said sin. However, God comforted Adam with the sacrificial plan for covering and ultimately removing sin and thus reconciliation between the Holy God and sinful humanity.
Christians should walk about life secure in the knowledge that Christ cares for us with an everlasting concern, often to the point of intervention when are really wandering too far off the path He has chosen for us. One of my favorite songs, written by Frank Graff says it this way:
“Does Jesus Care when I’ve tried and failed to resist some temptation strong; When for my deep grief I find no relief, Tho’ my tears flow the night long? O yes, He cares; I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief; When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.”
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