Fear is the mind-killer.
That’s from Frank Herbert in his quintessential novel Dune.
What he means is that we can’t let fear overwhelm us, because it will freeze us into inaction. We won’t be able to move forward. We will cease to develop and grow in our lives.
God’s Word tells us that fear is the beginning of wisdom. Of course, fear here means respect for the God of Creation, to understand that he is all powerful, and we have no recourse against him.
One type of fear is good for us. The fear that immobilizes us is not okay. It’s not welcome in the life of the Christian.
God’s Word gives us two scriptures to dispel our fear in Isaiah.
Isaiah 54:4 says:
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.”
What’s happened in the past is in the past. God wants you to look forward. He has a better life designed for you.
Isaiah 43:2 says:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
We will have off days. There will be times people will remind us of what God has already forgiven and forgotten. Some days (and weeks and months) will be more stress than sweet.
Even so, God will be with you, kicking fear out the door every time it tries to weasel its way into your mind.
Let’s rephrase Frank Herbert’s classic quote: God is the fear-killer.
Woo-woo! That’s as powerful a word from the Lord as any out there!
Our trust in God lets us walk this life in the joy of Christ.
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