Fear is a word that most of us – fear. However, it’s not so much fearing that is wrong – it’s what you do and who you go to when you fear that matters. Fear is not always a bad thing if it causes you to run to the Lord. Everyone fears at times, even the bravest of soldiers – even David. Sometimes fear even causes those who do not know the Lord personally, to run to Him.
Most people will tell you that you can’t have faith and fear. Yet, when you fear and run to the Lord, isn’t that having faith in Him to help you? Much guilt has been poured out on people because of misunderstanding about this. For just as with discouragement, doesn’t it take more faith in God – to run to Him – when you fear? I have written about this in more detail in Lessons I learned from the Lord .
Faith is proven in fear when you run to the Lord. When you expect Him to help you. For it is after you come to Him when you fear that he can soothe your fears and give you peace to know that He is working all things out for your good.
When the Lord says do not fear, I believe He says it because he knows that fear will come. He says it so that you will know that He is with you and you can come to Him.
When a child runs to his parent afraid, doesn’t that parent soothe and comfort the child? The parent doesn’t put guilt on them for fearing. As the child runs to his parent, the parent opens his arms to let the child know they will protect him from what they fear. The same with your Heavenly Father.
Fear is not faithlessness when you run to your Father. Fear is used by the enemy for his double punch weapon – first he puts in fear and then he makes you feel guilty for having it!
Fear is also a choice. You can be strong and choose not to fear, it’s true. This takes strong faith and not everyone is “there” yet. Some are “there” in some areas, and think that fear can’t come to them at all, but then when it does, they are thrown into guilt and condemnation.
Everyone has a fear factor in one way or another. It’s not the fear that is the indication of faith. It’s what you do with it when it comes.