I used to have nightly panic attacks. In the shadows, small worries became giant monsters. When I joined Jesus, He fought for me… and He taught me how to fight for myself and others. I’ve yet to master fear’s ultimate solution (fearing God)… but I’m getting closer. Because fearing God leaves no room to fear anything else.
Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.
1 Samuel 12:24 (NKJV)
Do we remove fear by casting it out? Or possibly, we’re to move beyond it, as in rising rising to a big occasion… which might earn us the title of hero. The greatest warriors choose this step. Nevertheless, fear continues its pursuit.
Even when fear seems far away from us, it slinks back to mock our feeble courage.
So what’s the ultimate solution? First consider:
Any kind of removal leaves a void, and every kind of void begs to be filled. Therein, fear creeps back when we’re not looking.
So what is fear’s ultimate solution? Certainly God. More to the point, it’s fearing Him… not men. Only fearing God can fill the dark hole in which our anxieties like to live.
The Commandment to fear the Living God orders us to a reverential awe, which is the least and the most we can do. In this amazingly productive fear, fears of lesser things loose their grip on us. That black space is filled with a brilliant light.
We’re not scared of people or bad outcomes. We’re not scared of living or losing big. We’re not scared to follow God’s calls to us…
BECAUSE OUR OVERWHELMING AWE FOR HIM INSTILLS IN US AN OVERWHELMING FAITH