Have you ever wondered? Where did all this fear come from anyway? Where did it originate?
Fear had it origins way back in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree. That started the whole ball rolling. When they did that their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked. So, they made some coverings out of leaves.
“They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (italics mine) Gen 3:8-10 NASB
Sin and fear entered the picture at this time. Before that they were not afraid and they lived a very peaceful and fulfilling life in the beautiful garden where they had special and sweet fellowship with the Lord. Oh, how I wish they had never eaten that fruit!
In this case we could reasonably say that their fear was a result of their sin. This is something to think about. When God gives us a command as He did Adam and Eve, which was not to eat of the fruit of that tree, and they disobeyed His command that was sin. That sin nature has been passed down to all of us, unfortunately.
Today, God has given us many commands in the Bible and when go against them we also sin. God says,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Php 4:6 NASB
Thank goodness God has given the Christian an antidote for when we mess up and sin, because we all will and do. It is found over in the book of John.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1Jn 1:9 NASB
You will notice the little word “if” in this verse. Well, in reality that is not so little, because the promise God gives us hinges on it. “If we confess our sins,” then he is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us for our wrongdoing. So, it takes something on our part first, (confession) then he is faithful to fulfill His part. (forgiveness and cleansing.)
Actually confession means that we agree with God. And, we should be sorry that we disobeyed.
Do you realize that God’s love is much more powerful than our fears? Look at this scripture.
…that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. Heb 2:14-15 NASB
Isn’t that a wonderful scripture? We can be free from the power of fear in our lives because Jesus Christ already took care of it. That is what he died on the cross for. What wonderful and powerful love that took.
We will end on a positive note. Not all fear is sinful. God has given all of us a kind of fear that protects us from danger. That is not sinful. Also, God has given us a kind of fear that is godly.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Pro 9:10 KJV
The fear of the Lord is a reverence of God’s majesty. This is also a good kind of fear.
May God bless you today!