We’ve all felt it.
We’ve all experienced it.
Something goes ‘bump’ in the night and wakes us up.
Someone threatens us.
Opposition arises to a cause, a belief, a person we hold dear.
Fear can be complex.
It can drive us to a ‘fight or flight’ response.
But we often get it wrong.
Some of the things we should ‘fight’ we choose to flee from.
Others we should flee from, we stubbornly stand and fight.
Think of Temptation, for example: There are many times we should simply flee the situation when we’re tempted, but we sometimes tell ourselves that ‘we can handle it’, and we stay near. Oftentimes, that is when we become most vulnerable to falling.
Other times, we should fight…for example, when opposition to our faith arises. A stand we’re taking, a belief we have may be entirely consistent with our faith…yet, opposition arises. In fact, opposition is increasing to many of the Scriptural teachings, which not long ago, were respected and widely held.
So, what should we do in those cases?
We stand…strong…and fight!
“Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20); “We must obey God, rather than men!” (Acts 5:29).
In those cases, it was more important to Peter that he please God, rather than taking the easier way out and pleasing men–even, in this case, men who had some degree of influence over their immediate future.
In fact, there are many times in the life of an average believer in Jesus that it becomes difficult to stand with Him.
In that case, it’s not a question of ‘whether’ you let ‘fear’ guide you, but rather ‘Which fear’?
Do you ‘fear’ men? Do you ‘fear’ your friends, the ‘popular’ kids, the ‘bullies’, or even the terrorists?
OR…do you ‘fear’ God, and disappointing Him. Do you ‘fear’ letting Him down? Do you ‘fear’ compromising and causing His name to be maligned in some way?
Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
I, for one, do not want to give in to the fear of others’ opinions. If any ‘fear’ should drive me, it’s being ‘afraid’ of compromise and hurting the heart of my loving heavenly Father.
So, by all means: Allow FEAR to motivate you: Just make sure it’s the right ‘fear’!
You are a Child Of God! You need not fear anything!