Some people are so afraid of the pain they never face their own wounds. So afraid of death they never live. So afraid of being hurt they never form friendships. So afraid of failure they never take risks, or face their flaws. Fear stops us from living.
St. Paul had reasons to be afraid. In 2 Corinthians he says, “three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times shipwrecked…I spent a night and day on open sea…I’ve been in danger from rivers, bandits, my own countrymen, the Gentiles…” But he also wrote, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us!”
What are you afraid of?! Our lives are fragile. So fragile it’s scary. If we look to ourselves for security, we should be scared. That’s why we shouldn’t do that. Scripture says that God is our fortress. Keep your eyes on HIM. Live with confidence.