Ok, here’s something to think about for our daily living: fear wears lots of disguises, attempting to influence us more than Jesus. Indeed, I’ve met people whose lives are unknowingly controlled by fear & this is heart breaking. Fear masquerades as safety, cooperation, tolerance & many other guises. I think that if fear were removed from some people’s lives they would fall apart because its the essential beacon by which they make their decisions, form their relationships and control their conversations. They’ve become so comfortable with fear that its the glue that holds their life together. The problem is that fear hates to be exposed because once its brought to the light, its weakness is revealed & power diffused.
Consider Saul in 1 Sam 15. From God’s command, he was supposed to entirely obliterate the Amalekites but he didn’t do this. Instead he waffled on his obedience & when Samuel confronted Saul & pressed the issue, Saul finally admitted, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.” From this point on, God rejected Saul. Saul chose fear over obedience – God help us to avoid this trap. May we forever remain friends with God & enemies with fear. Let’s never be more comfortable with fear than we are comfortable with God.