«»Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His name together. I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears». Psalm 34:3-4, NLT
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT is believed to have said that «the only fear we have to fear is fear itself.» According to Dictionary.com, one of the meanings of the word «fear» is «a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger. .. whether the threat is real or. imagined.»
Dr. Karl Albrecht has identified five universal fears. We are afraid of ceasing to exist, of losing a body part, of losing autonomy (being in situations we cannot control), of becoming someone who is not wanted, and of the death of our ego.* We all have fears! By the way, fear was the first thing humans felt after sin entered our world (see Genesis 3:10).
Now, instead of being a paralyzing force, an obstacle that keeps us from taking off and moving forward, fear can become a key factor for success in any area of our lives. Why? Because fear gives us greater awareness of how weak we are, and that awareness can drive us to seek the only One who is genuinely strong: God.
Faced with immense tasks, men such as Moses, Elijah, or Ezekiel, true giants of faith, harbored fears regarding the work they were to do, and the Lord Himself told each of them, «Do not fear him» (Numbers 21:34; 2 Kings 1:15; Ezekiel 2:6).
What are you afraid of? Which things bring fear into your life? Come and bring them to God; tell Him in full confidence what you fear. If you do, according to Psalm 34, a psalm David wrote to express his gratitude to God for delivering him from all his fears, this is what will happen in your life: «l prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears» (verse 4, NLT). Later on he affirms that God «saved me out of all my troubles» (verse 6).
God took away from the psalmist all his troubles and fears, the wicked pair that has clung to our life like a vine ever since sin entered into our world. And today the Lord wants to do the same for you and me. Now is the time for the Lord to begin casting out the mortal fear that makes you lose what is immortal.