There are different kinds of fear—and not all are bad. Children should be afraid of sharp knives and hot cooking surfaces in the kitchen because we don’t want little ones to get hurt. We should also be scared of poisonous snakes because they can cause serious injury or death. These fears are appropriate and a valuable part of our survival instinct.
However, there are many fears which are not normal and hurt us. They cast a dark shadow over our lives and prevent us from living the life God intended for us. These fears paralyze us—hindering our ability to retreat from danger or move forward on safe paths. God doesn’t want us to live in fear because He repeats it many times in His Word. “Fear not” and “do not fear” appear throughout the Old and New Testaments.
This is why the secret to conquering fear is found in the Bible. “Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27). His Word says to have a healthy fear of the Lord.
- When you fear the Lord, you understand He created you and deserves authority over your life.
- When you have proper reverence for God, you draw close to Him instead of running away.
- When you genuinely know who God is, you’re not scared of him—you trust and love Him.