Good Fear


God doesn’t take away all of our fears. In fact, He sometimes gives us fears in order to help us.

"The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." (Deuteronomy 31:8)

I’m afraid of snakes—all snakes, poisonous and harmless. I’m scared of big snakes, little snakes, live snakes, and dead snakes. Once I was jogging and almost stepped on a smashed, dead, six-inch garter snake; I jumped three feet in the air. This is a fear I’ve always lived with and I intend to always keep. That garter snake may have been harmless, but the next snake I come upon just might not be! Some fear is good.

I’ve also struggled with the fear of failure. For a few years after college, I worked in sales on straight commission. When you work for straight commission, you have no idea how much money you’re going to make each week, if any at all. So every week I would get the “Monday morning sweats,” wondering if I’d make any income that week. Believe me, that type of fear gets you out of bed and serves as a motivator! That’s a healthy fear.

God doesn’t take away all our fears. In fact, He sometimes gives us fears in order to help us. The good news is that sometimes He uses our fears to get our attention, protect us from danger, and motivate us to get out and do what we need to do. More good news is that He gives us courage to face those fears. But the best news is that He gives us victory over one of life’s great fears—death—through faith in His risen Son. Jesus conquered death, and we can too when we put our trust in Him. He makes the fear of death disappear.

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