“What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”

 Psalm 56:3

There is nobody who has not experienced fear at some time in their life. As a matter of fact, anyone who claims to have never experienced fear cannot be trusted to tell the truth about anything else. Even Medal of Honor winners will tell you that they were afraid when they did what they did to merit this great tribute to their courage.

David who slew the giant Goliath and fought in countless other battles said of his fears in this verse and many verses in the scripture. Elijah, who stood up to King Ahab, called down fire from heaven and slew the 400 prophets of Baal, ran like a scarred jack rabbit when he heard Jezebel’s threats. Moses fled Egypt because he feared the wrath of the king. Gideon had to be constantly reassured of God’s presence because he was afraid. The list just goes on and on.

It must also be said that we are afraid more often that we would care to admit. There are as many fears and phobias as there stars’ in the sky. Just search the internet or look into any medical text book and you will see what has been written on fear. We experience fear regularly and often, fear makes people do all kinds of things.

Often times we are afraid because of what we have done as in the case of Adam and Eve. Whether by fear of exposure or punishment we are afraid. We are afraid of danger, we are afraid of death and all sorts of fear.

There comes a point when we must decide who and what we will trust. Sometimes this happens early on and at other times unfortunately it comes when we “get to the end of our rope” but we will never be free from fear until take a step of faith.

How do we overcome fear? The answer is to have faith in God for faith is the opposite of fear and the only antidote for fear. Apostle Paul said in 2Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Isaiah 35:4 tells us “say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong, and fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with recompense; he will come and save you.”

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