A recent magazine article stated that the elderly in our country live with great fear. Fear of outliving family, fear of running out of resources, fear of abuse, fear of living alone, fear of critical illness, fear of moving out of their home, fear of becoming dependent on their children, fear of violence, the list is long. As a nation our older generation is imprisoned by fear. In an effort to make us aware of dangers in life, our parents teach us to be afraid. Irrational fears are passed on from generation to generation.
How then can we overcome fear? Only by knowing the Lord is with us, for us, will strengthen and deliver us. This is the confidence we read of in Isaiah in one of the most powerful of all scriptures, “Fear not!” This is the prophet’s assurance in the context of Christ, that He is the power of God in us. During his ministry Jesus constantly reminded us, “Do not be afraid!” In fact there are 366 assurances in the Bible that underlines the fact that He knows we struggle with fear.
There is a great difference between healthy awareness of life’s realities and the irrational panic which grips us at times. Many promises are to be found that assure us of his presence in our fear.
– He is the light in our darkness (Micah 7:8)
– He is present in our fear (I John 1:5)
– He promises righteousness and justice (Psalm 97:2)
– The chain of fear is broken (Psalm 107:14)
– Trust and reliance can be found in Him alone (Isaiah 50:10)
– Freedom from bondage is found (Isaiah 42:7-8)
– He promises secrets to discover in dark places (Isaiah 45:3)
– Jesus is our light (Matthew 4:16)
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” – I John 4:18
John speaks of love that is perfect and love that perfects. Love can accomplish its purpose in us so that we can accomplish our purpose. Love and fear do not mix. Just as love casts out fear, real love has its only source in the one who is loved.