No Fear!

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 26-28; Acts 22

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation.
        Should I fear anyone?
    The Lord is a fortress protecting my life.
        Should I be frightened of anything?
When evildoers come at me trying to eat me up—
    it’s they, my foes and my enemies,
    who stumble and fall!
If an army camps against me,
        my heart won’t be afraid.
    If war comes up against me,
        I will continue to trust in this:
    I have asked one thing from the Lord
    it’s all I seek:
        to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life,
        seeing the Lord’s beauty
        and constantly adoring his temple.
Because he will shelter me in his own dwelling
    during troubling times;
    he will hide me in a secret place in his own tent;
        he will set me up high, safe on a rock. (Psalm 27:1-5, Common English Bible)

Fifteen or so years ago, there were t-shirts that were the style. On the front was a logo for the shirt that would simply say, “NO FEAR!” Then, on the back would have some kind of quote on the back like, “A Life Lived in Fear is a Life Half-Lived – NO FEAR!”

About the same time, there was a reality television show on NBC (I think it was NBC). They would have contestants doing all kinds of things to show they were fearless. They called the show, “Fear Factor.”

I often wonder why we seem to gravitate toward things that are intended to motivate the fear in us. I have never been a fan of horror movies. Whey do I want to go and pay good money to see a movie that is intended to scare me. Watching the national news can do that for free.

God gave us fear for a reason. Fear keeps us from getting hurt. I freely admit I am afraid of snakes. I know it is an irrational fear. The snake on television cannot possibly hurt me, but I fear it anyway. I believe God gave some of us a fear of snakes as a way to protect us from snakes.

So, how do we reconcile the idea that is my belief, God gave us fear to protect us, with what David says in our lesson? Here is verse 1 again, “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Should I fear anyone? The Lord is a fortress protecting my life. Should I be frightened of anything?”

In truth, I can’t answer that question. I honestly don’t know how I should answer. Perhaps I shouldn’t feel afraid of snakes. I know I shouldn’t have my irrational fear of snakes. I guess my thought goes, “Does the fear prevent me from serving God, from doing what God asks me to do?” If it does, then I really have a problem.

To the best of my knowledge, my fear of snakes has not prevented me from fulfilling my call. I would say, I must be fortunate because the thing I fear most is not something that keeps me from fulfilling my call from God. Others are not so fortunate.

I have often wondered if those who say they fear nothing are actually telling the truth. I do have my fair share of fears. Maybe I have more than my fair share. However, what I do not fear is the future, both in this life and the next. I have reached a point in life where I know there are likely more birthdays behind me than there are ahead. I do not fear because I know the promise of God that with the faith I place in Jesus Christ, I will spend eternity with God. In that, I have no fear.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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