CONFRONTED with a snarling Bengal tiger how would you feel? Confident? Scared? Fearful? Probably completely petrified!

The problems we face in our lives can have the same effect. Illness, exams, work —all can hit our confidence and fill us with FEAR!

More than that, fears from this life can be compounded by spiritual fear. Do we serve God as we should? Is God there? Is God for, or against, us?
Here’s one view of fear:

“Fear is life’s only true opponent. It can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary. It has no decency, respects no law, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, and it finds it with unerring ease (sounds familiar?). It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear, disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy.

“You can’t believe this doubt in your mind, and fight back. But you are poorly armed. Doubt beats your disbelief with little trouble, turning it into anxiety.

“So reason steps in. You are reassured—reason is well prepared.

“But, to your amazement, despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories, reason is laid low. You feel yourself weakening, wavering. Your anxiety turns to dread and now fear hits your body. Every part of you, in the manner best suited to it, falls apart. You make rash decisions. You dismiss your last allies: hope and trust. And there you have it: you’ve defeated yourself! Fear, which is but an impression, has triumphed.”
We’d love a life without fear. To conquer it every time. How much more could we do for God then!

Yet, it is when we are at our weakest that God is strongest. Fear creates the vacuum into which God steps.

In 1 John 4 & 5 fear is tackled, with 1 Jn 4 v18 at its heart. These chapters of love explain why, with God’s love, we need no longer fear FEAR.

No need to fear God: be in awe of His power, yes. But not quake with fear. He loves us. And living in His love, there is no need to fear what the world throws at us, be it snarling tigers or far worse. God is in control. Just trust!