I have a fear of heights. I’m also uncomfortable in small spaces. I’ve had dreams about dying on the ocean. These are not unusual phobias, but did you know there is a fear of going to bed? Some people are threatened by the number 8. There is a fear of going to the zoo! There are phobias for hundreds of other things too.
We all suffer from this malady called fear. It’s part of our human nature. Many seek psychiatric help for relief. Some try to overcome fear by doing just the thing they are afraid of in order to overcome it. Others believe they can think their fears away. Some folks are overcome by their fears and live in fear of their fears happening at any moment. What a desperate situation to be in. These fears can be so real, they become a way of life for some.
Some of the fears experienced can be a result of a traumatic life memory, which can trigger a negative feeling and cause the trauma to actually return vividly in their minds. What are you afraid of? Maybe your life has dealt you a bad hand and you’re facing the loss of a job – a serious health issue – the loss of a loved one – financial ruin. All of those things strike fear into our minds and the devil knows it. He loves when bad things happen to us, because it leaves us wide open for his lies.
When God’s children are afraid, they’re told to depend on their heavenly Father for refuge.
Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
What a comfort it is to know that someone else is willing to take that load from us. Fear will never be completely out of our lives until we reach paradise, but when they become unbearable, we know that we can get through them with God’s help. All things are possible with Him.