Curing The Fear of Man

If you have been struggling with the fear of a person or persons, God has a word for you in Isaiah Chapter 7 which will give you a better perspective:

Isaiah 7 begins by relating how how two kings, Rezin of Aram, and Pekah of Israel, went up with their armies against Jerusalem.  When the king of Judah, Ahaz, heard of it, :2 says “his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake with the wind.”

Perhaps you have had an experience like that: you have received news that just made your heart “shake” as soon as you heard it.  What kind of word does God have for you in such a time? Look at what He told Ahaz:

Verse 4 says that God sent Isaiah to Ahaz and told him: “Take care and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering firebrands …”.

Basically God was telling him two things:

— First, God told him not to worry: “take care and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted.”  That actually makes FOUR times in one sentence that the Lord told him not to worry or to fear these men! He was really emphasizing that he did not need to fear them.
— Second, God put these people in perspective. Notice how He referred to them not as two “kings”, but as “two stubs of smoldering firebrands.” They are “stubs”; little burnt sticks you might pull out of a fire. They are NOTHING in God’s eyes, certainly not anyone for people under the shadow of His wings to fear.

Here we find a key to overcoming the fear of men: realize who they are, in comparison to the God we serve.  Jesus told us virtually the same thing in Matthew 10:28, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” He was basically reminding us of what Isaiah said, that it  is GOD whom we should fear, not these “smoldering firebrands.”

So according to Isaiah, and Jesus, here is the key to overcoming the fear of men: fear God more!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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