Who said fear?
“The Lord is my light and my salvation, so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?”
(Psalms 27:1 NTL)
A word that describes how people live today would be “fear.” The media infuses us panic when communicate the world environment today, and it motivates us to live in anxiety, tense, on the edge of a nervous breakdown, paranoid and defensive; our fear makes us create our own prisons, not only external but also internal.
But fear is not something new, in the Garden of Eden, Adam hid from God because he was “afraid”; neither the fear is unique to a particular society, is a sentiment spread worldwide, and the which we are all exposed.
The psalmist, like us, faced situations where fear and danger came to his life, however, he was quiet because he had the following convictions:
- He was sure to have a personal relationship with God. Freely he could say the Lord is “my God…”
- He knew God lit his life. This is very important, especially when we are facing those dark moments, where we do not see exit, and therefore cause us fear.
- He recognized that God was his salvation. Fear takes hold of our lives when we have not hope, when we feel lost.
- He was convinced that God protected his life. His protection was not dependent on his skills as a warrior, or in the army under his command; no! God was his protector.
It is for these reasons that he could confidently say: why should I be afraid? Why should I tremble?
Do not let fear rule our lives, do not let anyone or anything instill us fear; Jesus came to make us truly free, and this includes freedom from a life enslaved by fear.
© David García Licona – August 2013