I think it is safe to assume that we are all afraid of something. As a young girl I was taught to be brave and face my fears head on, but being told that didn’t really help much. I remember being afraid of bugs, the dark cold basement, and I had a fear of our house catching on fire while we slept. Fear is truly our greatest enemy.
Defenition Of Fear
Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. I took my curiosity a bit further and decided to search for the Top 10 Fears In The World. The following is a list of what I found online:
- Fear of Spiders – Arachnophobia
- Fear of Snakes – Ophidiophobia
- Fear of Heights – Acrophobia
- Fear of Open Spaces – Agoraphobia
- Fear of Dogs – Cynophobia
- Fear of Thunderstorms – Astraphobia
- Fear of Small Spaces – Claustrophobia
- Fear of Germs – Mysophobia
- Fear of Flying – Aerophobia
- Fear of Holes – Trypophobia
With the above fears, I see one common thing, it is that they are all fears of things in this world. Fear can keep us from being at peace and it can rob us of our joy in life. Fear can keep us from living the abundant life God has in store for us.
Biblical Defenition Of Fear
The Bible tells us that as children of God, we have nothing to fear in this world. The Bible also describes another kind of “fear” which is the fear of God. This fear is different than any worldly fear. Fearing God requires us to see God for who He is the all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe.
Fear as a response to God and his deeds is an important aspect of biblical faith. Jacob describes the Lord as the “Fear of Isaac” his father ( Gen 31:42), suggesting that Isaac had such reverential submission to the Lord that the Lord, was the embodiment of fear. Fear of the Lord also lies at the heart of every Christian living in the world. To Fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, to know the Lord is to fear the Lord. This healthy fear enables us to praise the Lord, to enjoy benefits and blessings at his hand, to rest in his peace and security.
With all that being said, there are really only two types of fear – the fears of this world and the fear of the Lord. The difference has to do with our response. One type will cripple you, but the fear of the Lord has the ability to set you free.
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