Read: Psalm 34:1-10
In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was delivering his first inaugural speech when he became the President of USA. He was addressing a nation that was still struggling from the Great Depression. Wanting to give a more optimistic outlook regarding that economic crisis, he declared, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
In our lives, fear shows up when we are at risk of losing something precious – our health, wealth, loved ones, job, position, safety, reputation, etc. It is because we want to protect the things in life that are important to us, rather than entrusting them into God’s care. When fear takes over, it cripples us emotionally and drains us spiritually. We would then be afraid to tell others about Christ, to extend our lives and resources for the benefit of others, or to venture into new territories. A fearful person is more vulnerable to the enemy, who tempts us to compromise our Biblical convictions and to take matters into our own hands.
The remedy for fear is trust in our Creator God. Only when we trust the reality of God’s presence, power, protection, and provision for our lives can we experience the joy which the psalmist had when he said, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Ps. 34:4). Trusting in the Lord is the cure for a fearful spirit.