“LORD, be gracious to us, we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in times of distress”.
The daily walk Bible points to the topic of fear in the reading today. This is rightly so because not only is fear in the reading today, but in fact fear and the sinfulness of it is scattered throughout the entire book of Isaiah. Now, the fear of a grizzly bear in the wild is not a sin but the fear that one of your children will get cancer or the fear of losing your job is a sin. Have you ever thought about that, that fear in many occasions is a sin? Have you ever thought what can cause fear in a sinful way? Well sinful fear is caused by ignorance in not knowing God and his Word. Sinful fear is caused is caused by guilt in our lives of things we have done wrong. Sinful fear can be caused by unbelief in the fact you do not believe that God is in total and complete control. Sinful fear can be caused by confusion in the fact you are looking to the wrong source for strength. Sinful fear can be caused by immoderation in our lives and by indulging in too much of a good thing and making it a god thing. And finally sinful fear can be caused by Satan when we do not protect ourselves from his temptation and darts. This sinful fear that Isaiah is calling the people to repent of has many effects on the people of Israel. The people went other places for safety and even turned to the enemy to the south, Egypt, for help. Sinful fear in our lives has many effects to including; distracting us from the task at hand of glorifying God, deceiving us from the wrong Biblical viewpoint in life, making us vulnerable to others, the flesh, and Satan, makes us a coward, brings about a deep apostasy in our lives, and puts us in bondage to itself. But just like Isaiah was bringing hope from God to His people then, so to there is hope from God is remedies to fight sinful fear in our lives. Here are a few remedies to fighting and ridding our lives of sinful controlling fear; study the covenant of grace deeper, consider the misery that fear puts you under, prepare for future suffering for God, commit yourself to God and His Word, kill your affections to this world, imitate faithful saints in our lives, confirm through prayer the desire for Jesus only, keep our conscience pure in thoughts, keep a journal of how God protects and provides, pray for faith, look to the future kingdom, and finally let the fear of God control the rest of the fear in life. So next time you are dealing with sinful fear look for a God honoring remedy for it.