Not unlike a tiny fish darting from danger, each person is open to fear’s attack.
What child hasn’t cowered in the fear of darkness?
Or cried tears of fear when the startling, the unexpected, the painful struck?
For that matter, what adult hassn’t experienced some fear lurking in their minds?
Fear of failure.
Fear of loss.
Fear of need.
Fear of being alone.
Fear of pain, death, hurt, abandonment,…
The list is long.
Fear comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, because it’s better at hiding inside other emotions than a chameleon is at blending into the background.
Fear is often a motivation.
But it’s a harsh, cruel, relentless master.
Fear will never be quelled by “good thoughts”, kind words, or self love.
There’s only one thing that conquers it completely.
1 John 4:18 NKJV — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
This isn’t the love of a human which is perfect.
It’s the love of God.
Something we can experience because He loved us first.
1 John 4:19 NKJV — We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:9 NKJV — In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
Fear in any form can not stand before the consuming love of God.
And when one places their lives in His hands He becomes the Master, casting out fear.
The scriptures speak so clearly of the peace which comes when trust in God reigns in the heart.
Psalm 56:11 KJV — In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
Psalm 118:6 KJV — The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
Psalm 56:4 NKJV — In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV — For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Hebrews 13:6 NKJV — So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
And there are so many more verses speaking to us.
When we put our trust in God, when we realize how perfect His love, fear is defeated.
Jesus spoke about this in a simple and yet profound way.
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for this. To help us understand the profound truth of Your care for Your creation. How great and mighty You are. How infinite and above all we can possibly see or know. Thank You for being both loving and righteous. Thank You for being truth and mercy. Lord, thank You for showing us how great is Your care through these words. To number the very hairs of our heads, to never miss a single bird’s fall to the Earth. To know the hearts of all mankind. Truly, You are incredible and I praise Your holy name. Lord Jesus, thank You for all You are doing, have done, and will do. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You. Amen.