Humans have legitimate reasons to live in fear-our world has many dangers. But although our environment is frightening, Christians are not to accept fear as a way of life. God's awesome promises allow us to live peacefully in our surroundings.
For our protection, God has instilled some natural apprehensions in us, like a fear of snakes or deep water. Our instinctive concern teaches us to respect these things until we know how to survive an encounter with them. The Creator also gave us a warning system so we'd react quickly to danger. For instance, if a car speeds toward us, an instant reaction of alarm could save our life.
In other words, some fears protect us. But constant, all-consuming dread is unhealthy. While we may feel afraid if we spot a snake, most of us don't worry much about having such encounters. Some people anguish over dangers that might occur-instead of entrusting loved ones to God, they anxiously imagine all the ways injury might occur.
As anxiety grows, uncertainty builds up until it hinders our relationship with God. Fears about the welfare of loved ones, financial well-being, or eternal security all result from doubt regarding the Lord's provision. Then our attention is centered on our concerns rather than on the One who promises to hold us in His hand.
The Lord offers us strength because He understands how fear can torment us. Don't allow worry to blind you to His promises and thereby deprive you of the help that He always has available. The Bible reminds us: "My God shall supply all your needs" (Phil. 4:19).