Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 44:24-47:7
What is your fear? A list of the Top 20 look like this: 1 Public speaking, 2 social interaction, 3 loneliness and being alone, 4 rejection, 5 failure, 6 embarrassment, 7 what other people think, 8 sickness (specifically cancer), 9 heights, 10 flying, 11 insects (specifically spiders), 12 fear of having a panic attack, 13 claustrophobia, 14 deep water, 15 dogs, 16 vomit, 17 thunder, 18 financial problems, 19 death and 20 the unknown.
French Philosopher Montaigne said, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” C.H. Spurgeon also wrote: The worst evils of life are those which do not exist except in our imagination. If we had no troubles but real troubles, we should not have a tenth part of our present sorrows. We feel a thousand deaths as we fear one, but the (the Christian) cured of the disease of fearing.
Fear encompasses 2 main areas: Fear of physical harm or danger but also insecurities, fear of own incompetence, inabilities and weaknesses. But in this sate we have the promise we found in today’s reading: Jer.46:28 – God tells His people, “Fear Not…For I am with you.” Thats a command and He always enables us for what He commands us to.
Fear is loud and demanding. Even when you know it is irrational, fear can still control you. It is hard to argue with feelings that are so intense, and easy to be loyal to our inaccurate interpretations. Yet as John Newton notices ‘If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer – His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable.