Why are we so fearful?


               In I Samuel 13, we find Saul, King of Israel, offering a sacrifice that only Samuel, the Priest, should have offered. Why? Because Saul and his people were afraid of the Philistine army. How silly to think that by disobeying God’s spiritual law they would get God’s physical blessing. Fear quite often plays a part in our disobedience. We say, “I’m too afraid to sing, or too afraid to teach a class or I can’t talk to people so I’m not going on visitation.”

               In Matthew 14, we find the disciples fearful of the spirit (vs26) that they saw on the water. It was Jesus who encouraged them to not be afraid. Then in Mark 4 the same disciples, who were fishermen, were out on the Sea of Galilee, and a storm blew up, and they were afraid. Again, Jesus response to them was, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” That really is the issue. Our lack of faith in the God who knows all, sees all, and loves us more than we can understand causes us to fear all types of things. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath no given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

               Allow God to use the circumstances in your life to grow you and help you trust Him more. What can God do? Does He know where you are? Does He love you? Then trust Him.

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