Antithesis to: “never have to be afraid”

Chapter 35

Good Monday Morning to this week 34 of 2020

Have you also been reading about the movement that goes out to the street, because evidently in some countries people are not allowed to sing in church. Well yes, there are very many questions to this whole issue, if for example the government is giving preference to other groups to meet and demonstrate and at the same time putting heavy restrictions on the church and it’s liturgy.

Coming to the singing well, true our modern singing and worship is often wonderful, well , to be honest – mostly I hope! On the other hand we have started singing some very strange lyrics with questionable content with strange theology. I quote one example from the song:
One thing remains (Your Love never fails)

“It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid”

Really? We never have to be afraid? What world does this author live in?

How about:
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94.19

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you. 1. Peter 5: 6-7

Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands. Psalm 112.1

Fear is a vital response for human beings. If we didn’t feel fear, we couldn’t protect ourselves from threats. Our bodies and brains are wired to treat threats as life-threatening. This triggers an extreme fight-flight-or-freeze response.

Our fears are not solely dependent on instinctive responses. They are also shaped by our societies and cultures, which teach people when to fear and how much to fear.

Sometimes, our fear is unnecessary and we avoid doing things that could be beneficial to us. Sometimes, facing danger can result in lingering  responses that trigger us to act in a certain way, even when the risk is gone.

Yes, fear does or can cause heavy and strong reactions in our bodies, something we all know and are very well acquainted with. An accelerated breathing rate or increased heart rate, increased muscle tension, sweating … and so on. Actually, fear is rational it is a reasonable response to danger. On the contrary, the phobias are irrational. 

I don’t like walking alone, at night without light, in a dark forest or jungle. The fear of dangerous animals attacking me is very strong. I have a few options if I do get put into that situation.
Fight is often my worst option, maybe not with a snake or spider – but everything else!
Flight is usually my best option; get out as quickly as possible!
Freeze – yes this my approach when it comes to big dogs staring at me while in the forest.

The Bible also knows and encourages all these responses in many different ways.

Fight: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41.10

Fight: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut. 31.6

Flight: I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you. Isaiah 41.13

Freeze: Or meditate! Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16.3

Take courage!

Wishing you a very good start to this new week!
Philemon


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