“Fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
There is a healthy fear that keeps one from foolishness. There is also a debilitating fear that grips a life and destroys everything God wants to do in and through a person.
Take for instance, the spies that Joshua sent into the land of Canaan. All agreed that it was a beautiful and prosperous land, but only Joshua and Caleb reported that the people should go up and inherit the land. Joshua and Caleb “wholly followed the Lord” (Numbers 31:12) while the others saw only the giants in the land.
Fear disbelieves God’s promises, distorts God’s purpose, discourages God’s people, and disrupts God’s plan.
The remedy for fear is to recognize it as sin, then to cultivate a closer relationship with God and claim His promises.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1