There are countless sermons, speeches and books about the illusion of fear and how to overcome fear with its popular definition as False Evidence Appearing Real. It is true that fear cripples potential and can keep its victim bound to his shell; and when it exits, it leaves behind regret as residue. But like almost everything else, fear is a double-edged. The problem isn’t with fear itself; it is with what and whom we fear.
Fear doesn’t only refer to the emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger as defined by WordWeb but is also a feeling of profound respect for someone or something and the only example given to this other definition was the “fear of God.” Interesting, right?
Whatever or whoever we give reverence to, we give power. Whatever a man thinks, so is he. If you fear what man can do to you, you are subjecting your will to the pleasure of that person. Where fear is present, resistance to fight flees. And when others realize you fear them, they can sense it and they use it to their advantage. When a pastor fears that he would lose church members on a massive scale if he confronts issues according to the Bible because it would make them uncomfortable, then he has missed the mark. It is not his duty to cajole his members to stay; he is to tell the truth whether it affirms or stings.
Going out of your way just to gain the approval of your fellow man just because you think the keys of your future success are in his hand and ignoring the one who actually holds your breath is a serious misplacement. To fear the one who can kill your body at worst more than fearing the one who can kill both body and soul is…I can’t even find the right words to describe it.
Fear of man leads to intimidation; but the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments…Psalm 111:10 (KJV).
Man instills fear in others so as to bend them to his will; mostly to his advantage and to the disfavor of the others. But it is God’s will to give His people peace and prosperity.
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope -Jeremiah 29:11 (GW).
The same way we are cautioned not to love things of this world, so are we not to fear what the world can do to us. As humans, we are bound to have one form of phobia or the other. But we shouldn’t allow our fears to keep us from living out our purpose in this life. But instead, fear God and He will grant you the wisdom to live out your life to its fullest capacity.
Have a God-fearing day, everyone!
Josephine Amoako © 2016