(myCommunity.com) What does the Bible say about fear? The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. The first type is beneficial and should be encouraged. The second type is a detriment and must be overcome. The first type of fear is fear of the Lord. This type of fear does not necessarily mean being afraid of something. Rather, it is a reverential fear of God, a reverence for his power and glory. However, it is also an appropriate respect for His wrath and anger. In other words, the fear of the Lord is a total recognition of all that God is, that comes through knowing him and his attributes.
Fear of the Lord brings many blessings and benefits. It is the beginning of wisdom and leads to a good understanding (Psalm 111: 10). Only fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1: 7). In addition, fear of the Lord leads to life, rest, peace and satisfaction (Proverbs 19: 23). It is the source and the life (Proverbs 14: 27) and it provides security and a place of security (Proverbs 14: 26).
Therefore, one can see how the fear of God should be encouraged. However, the second type of fear mentioned in the Bible is not beneficial at all. This is the "spirit of fear"Mentioned in 2 Timoteo 1: 7:"Because God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a healthy mind" A spirit of fear and shyness does not come from God.
However, sometimes we are afraid, sometimes this "spirit of fear"It surpasses us, and to overcome it we need to trust and love God completely. "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears does not become perfect in love"(1 Juan 4: 18). No one is perfect, and God knows. That is why He has generously sprinkled the spirit against fear throughout the Bible. Beginning in the book of Genesis and continuing through the book of Revelation, God reminds us that "do not fear"
For example, Isaiah 41: 10 encourages us: "Do not fear, because I am with you; do not be discouraged, because I am your God who will make you effort; I will always help you, I will always support you with the right hand of my justice."We often fear the future and what will become of us. But Jesus reminds us that God cares for birds of the air, so how much more will He provide for His children? "So do not be afraid; Vouchers more than many sparrows"(Matthew 10: 31). Only these few verses cover many different types of fear. God tells us not to be afraid of being alone, of being too weak, of not being heard and of lacking physical needs. These warnings continue throughout the Bible, covering the many different aspects of "spirit of fear"
In Psalm 56: 11, the psalmist writes: "In God I trust; I will not have fear. What can man do to me?"This is an amazing testimony of the power to trust in God. Regardless of what happens, the psalmist will trust in God because he knows and understands the power of God. The key to overcoming fear, then, is total and complete trust in God. To trust in God is to refuse to yield to fear. It is a change towards God even in the darkest moments and trusting that He will do things right. This confidence comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good. As Job said when he was experiencing some of the most difficult trials recorded in the Bible, "Behold, though he will kill me, I will wait on him; "(Job 13: 15 RVR1960).
Once we have learned to trust in God, we will no longer be afraid of the things that come against us. We will be like the psalmist who said with confidence "... that all who take refuge in you rejoice; May they always sing of joy. Extend your protection over them, so that those who love your name rejoice in you"(Psalm 5: 11).