Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ II Corinthians 10:5
There is a reason why the Bible tells us, I understand, 365 times, to “fear not”. Why does the Bible contain so many reassurances to “not fear”? Because we tend to have fear! We all have natural tendencies to fear things, so we need to frequently hear that we need not fear.
President Franklin Roosevelt was famous for the saying, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself”. There was actually much truth in what he said, and even though his likely intent was more political health than mental health, it was a good word for the American people.
So, if we can take our immediate fearful thoughts captive, and really speak truth to them- that is to determine how valid that fear really is, we can better evaluate it as either something to pay attention to, or to dismiss as anxiety.
Once again, I suggest that we find our trusted “team member” to run things by for validation and calibration. Often, we will find that the “fear not” is much more likely the case than the “you ought to be afraid” scenario.
Prayer: Lord, you have told us not to fear because you are in charge. Help us to hold that close, Amen