We fear both the known and the unknown. And even though studies show most things we fear seldom happen, we continue to be afraid.
Job was a man who seemed to have everything going for him. He had respect, wealth, healthy children and a multitude of servants. His influence stretched far and wide, and he was even called the greatest of the men of the East (see Job 1:1–3).
But even when everything was going well for him, Job was afraid. Soon, all that he had was destroyed in one crisis after another. And after sitting in ashes, not speaking for seven days, Job made a very revealing statement: “The thing I greatly feared has come upon me” (see Job 2:13; 3:25, emphasis mine).
I have found that it is often when things are going especially well that we start to fear things will go awry. We tend to think, “All good things must come to an end, and what goes up must come down.” Unfortunately, that theory means the more we are given, the more we have to worry about losing—whether authority, status, respect, money or people. It is very easy for fearful thoughts to sneak in—thoughts that maybe everything will fail or fall apart.
Instead of taking the negative thoughts of fear captive, there are times ... we allow these fears to control us, and we begin to try to preserve our own life. When we do that, we are stepping into the realm of uncertainty and instability. As Christ’s Church—His bride—we must remember that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
We must remember that God has given us the power to overcome fear, knowing we can trust in Him as He directs our lives. As we do this, we are united with thousands of brothers and sisters on the field, like those mentioned in this newsletter, who are overcoming fear to bring God’s love to those who need it most. Thank you for your faithfulness in supporting their work. May the Lord bless you!