Have you ever been afraid? Of what were you afraid? Mark Twain coined the word, “afeared” to the consternation of purists, but most of us have been afraid or afeared, both expressions mean the same.
Often fear is and should be the order of the hour or moment. But for most of us the term fear is going to have a negative effect. When God spoke to Joshua, He continually encouraged him to not be afraid, or dismayed, as the work God had for Joshua demanded courage in the face of fearsome odds. Your life is much the same. The noted writer of children’s and young adult books, Andrew Clements wrote:
“Fear doesn't need doors and windows. It works from the inside.”
The fear of terrible things happening, such as failure, keep us from many grand blessings the Lord prepares for us. If we fail to walk toward the goal God has for us, we will never achieve it. Life has nothing worthwhile that does not require faith, and faith demands courage to push upward.
That fear can cause us to lose grand things is taught by Jesus in a simple, plain illustration in Matthew 25 in the story of three wise, courageous stewards and one fearful one. The three all received appropriate rewards, but notice what Christ says to the fourth:
Matthew 25:25 “And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.”
The man, consumed by fear of failure, did not use the gift entrusted to him for God’s glory. The word “talent” here means a form of financial trust, but “talent” can mean a gift, of music, writing, speaking, encouraging, etc.
To simplify; God has given each one us a threefold gift, time, talent and treasure. We must develop each of these essentials to the best as opportunities come to us. Many, if not most of us, neglect for numerous reasons these treasure, the prominent one being, as the man in the story, we are afraid! Of what? Many things, but fear is the motivator. Here’s the anti-dote to fear used by King David:
Psalm 56:3 “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (NKJV).
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