The Bible says it 365 times, one for every day in the year: Fear not. There are three reasons for that. First, fear makes you frail. Doctors report that almost all chronic patients have one problem: fear. Second, fear makes you frantic. It will paralyze you into inactivity. The only thing worse than wrong action is inaction. Third, fear makes you foolish.
I heard about a high school football player who intercepted a pass. He ran down the sideline, toward the opponent’s end zone. Glancing back, he saw the shadow of someone chasing him. So he cut across the field, but when he glanced back, the shadow was still there. As he neared the end zone, he dove for the goal line, to avoid the tackle. What he didn’t know was that the shadow was his own. There were no players within 20 yards of him.
His fear made him look foolish before 5,000 fans. I know the feeling.
When I was in second grade, a bully tormented me every day, knocking me down and tearing up my homework. It was only when I finally stood up to her that my fears went away.
Don’t run from your fears. Confront them in the power of God. The old prophet said it like this. “Do do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10).