Friday, July 31, 2009

Is Fear Fate?

"For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me." Job 3:25 (ESV)

I've often told my congregation that the opposite of faith, at least in the active sense, is not unbelief but fear. Fear is the EMP that disables faith. How many times is ministry in the Bible prefaced by the encouragement, "do not be afraid," or some such like? 65, at least! The faith stifling affects of fear cannot be minimized.

Fear is the Devil's calling card, his MO. It is his means of controlling the herd and driving it to the slaughterhouse. If the Devil can induce fear in people, he's got them, or at least has immobilized them with a fiery dart and can come by later, at a more convenient time, and throw them in his satchel. Though it's not recorded, I've always wondered whether or not he said something to Adam and Eve to make them hide from God in the bushes.

Fear of punishment, fear of death, fear of loss or failure-- the Devil has game at any level. I cannot prove it factually (other than in Job's case), but fear, even secretly held in the breast, seems a harbinger of things to come. I've known people that wear their fear as a badge of honor, as if it proves they care. It only proves they scare. Fear will not deliver us from any ends (faith can I believe), but it sure seems able to deliver us to those ends. Perhaps fear is fate.