Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting The Lord means safety.
Proverbs 29:25 NLT
Augustine wrote, “Fear is the response of the human heart when it’s one thing is threatened.”
Solomon is credited with being one of the wisest and wealthiest who ever lived. Yet, the threats of losing his treasured things created terror. He fought his own fears . . . fear of failure, fear of people, fear of loss, and fear of loneliness. With insight, Solomon provides a “solutionary” strategy for the snares that surround us.
We Have Protection In Our Fears. Fear is a subtle snare of our enemy. It traps us with terror that will tear the very fiber of our faith. Solomon found security and safety in his Sovereign. The psalmist reminds us that trust is the key, “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” (Psalms 56:3 NLT) A. B. Simpson writes, “Fear is born of Satan, and if we would only take time to think a moment we would see that everything Satan says is founded upon a falsehood. Every fear is distrust, and trust is the remedy for fear.”
We Have Peace In Our Fears. God calls us to calm. Proverbs reminds us, “But all who listen to Me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” (Prov 1:33 NLT) Spurgeon writes, “Whether the fear arise from without or within, from past, present, or future, from temporals, or spirituals, from men or devils, let us maintain faith, and we shall soon recover courage.” God commits His calm and courage in the confusion of our chaos. Jesus tells us, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)
We Have Promise In Our Fears. Paul reminds us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7 NLT). Fear cannot thrive where faith is alive. To survive in our fears, we must surrender to faith. His word is true, tested and tried . . . He has not given us fear, but love. John encourages us, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” (1 John 4:18 NLT) We rest in His promise, in His passion and in His rock-solid, always powerful hands that never let go.
We share the same struggles as Solomon. Learning for his experiences allows us to live in his example. John Bunyon reminds us of our remedy, “Let it rain, let it blow, let it thunder, let it lighten, a Christian must still believe. ‘At what time,’ said the good man, ‘I am afraid, I will trust in thee.'”
Fight your fears with faith . . . Turn your terrors with trust. He is your Peace.