Fear can be paralyzing. It’s mentioned throughout the scriptures, with stories of people fearing each other, fearing to follow God’s instructions, fearing the presence of angels, fearing death, etc. In many passages, the words “Do not fear” are also included and we’re encouraged by them. Then there’s Luke 12:4-7 when Jesus instructs us to “fear Him!”, which is to fear God because He holds the ultimate power over life, death and eternity. He goes on to remind us of this:
“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” –Luke 12:6-7 NKJV
There is such a thing as healthy fear. It’s a deep acknowledgement within one’s self that “He is God and I am not.” The irony is that true “fearlessness” starts with a healthy fear. It’s not the absence of fear, but a properly placed one. What or who do you fear today? Step outside and listen to the birds chirping. Their little songs are valuable to the Lord. They’re never forgotten and you’re considered even much more valuable than them. Do not fear today…you’re in the hands of Almighty God!