It is the time of year when everyone is looking for a good scare. Whether it’s the horror movies or the haunted houses, people are looking for an event that will evoke fear. Some even pay good money to experience this powerful emotion. Where I live, we have several seasonal haunted houses with names such as Chaos and Nightmare’s Gate. Across the state line into Alabama they even have a haunted chicken house. Several years ago, my youngest daughter and I were given an off-season tour of a famous haunted house in Norcross, Georgia known as Netherworld. It’s a long story and I don’t normally visit such places but believe me, even when the actors aren’t there, that is one spooky place.
Different people have different types of fears. For instance, some people struggle with papaphobia, which is the fear of the Pope. Others have to deal with turophobia, which is the fear of cheese. And a growing number of people are combatting coulrophobia, which is the fear of clowns. At some point, we all deal with fear. Think about it. Life is full of variables that are completely out of our control. For instance, I have absolutely no control over the North Korean “rocket man” Kim Jong Un. Also, I have no control over the next Ebola outbreak in Africa and whether or not it will make it to America. I can’t even control if the person in the car next to me on the interstate texts and drives. It’s all beyond my control and it can all potentially affect my life.
So, how do I deal with all of the fear and uncertainties of life? I have faith, not in myself or in humanity, but in Jesus Christ. Let me share some words that Jesus spoke about fear that help me keep life in perspective.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Luke 12:4-5 “And I say to you My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they an do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes I say to you fear Him!”
Anything that life throws at me I can handle through my faith in Jesus. He has overcome the world. He has defeated death and He has paved the way to eternal life. I can have peace. As far as fear goes, I need to be more concerned about being right with God than I am with any earthly or demonic fear. According to James 2:19, even the demons fear God. When Jesus confronted demons in the Gospels, the demons were afraid of him. They trembled and did not want Him to torment them (Mark 5:1-20).
This walk of faith does not mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us. Jesus said that we will experience tribulation. What a life of faith means is that regardless of what happens in this life, I know that God will use it for a greater good and an eternal purpose (Romans 8:28). And as far as the next life is concerned, we are told that it will be a place where “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
We don’t have to live lives of fear. Instead, we can live secure and confident lives because of our faith in Jesus.