Franklin D. Roosevelt in his inaugural address said, ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ All of us have some kind of fear. It may be fear of public speaking, fear of the dark, fear of dogs, fear of closed in places, or fear of flying, or any other number of fears. We must admit that fear is real and plagues us all. There are two classes of fear — healthy and unhealthy. When dealing with fear realize the primary fear we should have is ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.’ Some act as if there is no fear of God before their eyes — Romans 3:18. Jesus tells us this, ‘Fear not little flock for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom!’

The fear of the Lord is to hold Him in deep reverence but also realize who and how great he is. Matthew 10:28 reads, ‘Fear not them which are able to kill the body but not the soul, but fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell. Hebrews 12:28-29 speaks thusly, ‘Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire!’ The writer of Hebrews goes on to say, ‘It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.

All my heroes are Bible heroes, but even the disciples feared, (John 19:38 and 20:19). The writer of Hebrews records Jesus’ fear — Hebrews 5:7 — Peace is better than fear. One of the gifts of the Spirit is peace (Galatians 5:22). Timothy 1, verse 7, reads, ‘For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ Jesus gives peace! ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.’ (John 14:27).The child of God has this peace because he knows that God is ever present with him. David tells us, (Psalm 34:7) The angel of the Lord is camped around about them that love Him! The opposite of fear is courage and Solomon writes, ‘The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous are as bold as a lion! (Proverbs 28:1). Fear is diminished in Christ. It is obliterated by the presence of Jesus (Romans 5:1) — Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God! Praise be to His dear name!