We all have fears. Some are real. Some are irrational. When they become irrational we call them phobias. For what is called the “ultimate list of phobias” check this out. There is some really wild and crazy phobias.
But most people don’t have phobias. They just feel the icy grip of fear from time to time. Fear is no respecter of persons. Age. Color. Status in life. What can be agreed upon though is that fear often paralyzes people.
When we meet Gideon he is wrapped in the cloak of fear. Judges 6:11 tells us that. Why? Because his country is overrun by Midianites. They would wait until harvest and then swoop down and take all the food from the hard work the Israelites had put into plowing, planting and taking care of the crop. We find Gideon hiding in fear beating out some grain by hand.
But God calls him to deliver his people. He had to overcome his fear of the Midianites. But first, he even had to overcome the fear of his countrymen. He had to overcome his discouragement and his sense of inadequacy. What really changed his attitude was not new scenery; it was God’s presence. I’m not minimizing legitimate fear, but I do believe many people are wracked with fear because they forget WHOSE they are. I know that is simplistic but it has to be for the scope of this blog. But do give it some thought.
I mentioned in last week’s post that I plan to post the weekend’s sermon earlier on Thursday since weekends are dead. PLUS it gives me a chance to ask you for prayer. Thanks for praying for me.