God Expects Us to Be Afraid
By Pastor Dennis Yim
Old Testament Verse: Psalm 55:4-6
4 My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fear and trembling come upon me,
and horror overwhelms me.
6 And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest;
Throughout Scripture, especially in the Psalms, we see that God expects His people to live with fear and anxiety. The psalms are filled with genuine human fears and anxieties. In a strange way this truth gives me much comfort. In the past (and even in the present) I’ve struggled with living in fear and anxiety, whether that be: finances, reputation, loved ones, etc. There are times when I would genuinely ask myself: “is it normal to live like this?” I always thought it was wrong to live with fears and anxiety – at least that’s what I was told growing up in the church. But as I read the Bible, I’ve noticed that there are countless of godly men and women who lived with great fears and anxieties; and here’s the thing, God didn’t rebuke them instead He reassured them of His covenantal and steadfast love.
God expects us to live with fear and anxiety; I think it’d be more surprising if we thought that He didn’t expect us to live with them. God is completely aware that His people live in a broken world that is filled with all kinds of things that causes fears and anxieties. But like I said, this strangely is good news because it brings us great comfort in Christ. Jesus Christ has united Himself to us, so even as we live with our fears and anxieties, He is already sanctifying you in such a way that He will quiet your fears and anxieties with His promises. So, don’t feel ashamed or guilty for living with your fears and anxieties, instead acknowledge them and bring them to Christ so that His promises may speak louder than them in your life.