Faith and Fear
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” – Eccl. 12:13
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I’ve been thinking about the connection between fear and faith. When the disciples became afraid of the great windstorm at sea, Jesus said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith” (Mk. 4:40)? He equated their fearfulness to a lack of faith. When we fear things, like natural disasters, weather, illness, job loss, or death, we demonstrate a lack of faith in the Lord.
The psalmist wrote, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Ps. 118:6). We are not to fear what humans can do to us. They are created beings just like we are. We serve the Creator. What men can do pales in comparison to the God of all creation. When we trust God, we will not fear what people can do to us.
It’s an inverse relationship when it comes to fearing things or people: a little fear, a lot of faith; a lot of fear; a little faith.
Yet, when we fear God, we demonstrate our faith in Him through our actions, and we don’t fear things or people. When we fear things or what might happen to us, we show a lack of faith in God. The Bible says that perfect love casts out that kind of fear (1 John 4:18). If we love God, we know and trust that He’s going to take care of our needs and whatever situation that we face.
Let’s make sure that we have the right kind of fear – one that is a respect and reverence towards the Lord and His awesomeness, and not one that is of being frightened of things, circumstances, or people. It’s our whole duty anyway: to fear God and keep His commandments (Eccl. 12:13).
I have faith that the Lord will see me through whatever comes my way. I’m not afraid of what man can do or say to me. I hope that you can say the same.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world – our faith.” – 1 John 5:4
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