Psalms 55:4-5 – “My heart is in… anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.” NASU
Beautiful morning this Saturday morning. As my day began and in my prayer time, I was reminded of an event that happened when I was a child regarding FEAR. As a child, we had a pet that was a treasured member of the family. A smaller than normal Cocker Spaniel with satin black hair. My dad was a raccoon (coon) hunter and would take his hounds out at night and hunt raccoons or “coons” as he called them with his coon dogs. This little Cocker always tried to go, and one-night dad allowed me to take her with us. A few hours later we had treed a raccoon with his 2 blue tick hounds named “Rough” & “Rowdy” and in the process of trying to get the raccoon to jump out of the tree, dad killed it with his rifle. As soon as the raccoon fell to the ground the little Cocker ran up and grabbed it in her mouth and just as she did SHE FROZE in FEAR. The look on her face and in her eyes was priceless and nothing I could do would get her to release the dead animal. Dad made us walk away and leave her there while we continued to hunt. I was fearful that she would get lost or not overcome her fear and we’d lose her, but he assured me that she’d be okay. Well, about 30 minutes later she sheepishly came walking up to where we were sitting listening to the dogs, trail and laid down beside me. She never again grabbed a fallen raccoon and that night didn’t stray more than a few feet from me.
FEAR had paralyzed her! We are like that in our lives. FEAR can either paralyze us or motivate us to move beyond our fears into trust and faith. David said in Psalm 56:3 – “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” Isaiah said in Isaiah 12:2 – “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid….” Luke 21 speaks of men’s hearts failing them for fear of what they see coming on the earth.
We are told in Hebrews 11 that without faith it is impossible to please God but when paralyzed by fear we cannot have faith because fear negates trust. Fear could be argued, is a greater enemy of faith than doubt or at least as great. Paralyzing fear immobilizes and imprisons one whereas the fear of the Lord inspires us because it leads us and at times drives us to Him. I’ve known both kinds of fear in my life and although the paralyzing fear caused me to never want to be in that situation again and made me cautious it did not produce faith or trust but terror. On the other hand, the fear that directed me to the Lord, and as I beheld Him found my trust level being elevated and my faith level rising, is a fear that I value.
Therefore, even in the most horrifying of situations if we have conditioned our hearts to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” and have learned as David & Isaiah to trust we will find ourselves walking in an attitude of quiet confidence KNOWING that God is IN CONTROL and therefore our fears will dissipate in the presence of His Power! My prayer today is that we move from the paralyzing type of fear into the trust producing fear of the Lord and in any situation, that would cause fear or dread be met with His assurance to bring PEACE.
Blessings upon you as you enjoy your weekend!