We tend to cope with these issues in a variety of ways: psychologist, psychiatrist, medication, alcohol, food, sex, entertainment, money. Surprise, surprise…none of these things work, at least not long term. These remedies may numb, or mask, the pain for a moment, but they always give way. Why? Because we are treating symptoms, not the disease.
Fear is a product of the unknown. From a child who stands on the edge of a pool to a King mounting his horse to head into battle, the source of fear is the same, uncertainty. Unfortunately, the problem of the unknown will never be eliminated. As much as we long to see into the future, the obvious truth is that we do not have the capacity to see past the present moment. So does this mean that we must acquiesce and accept our daily bondage to fear?
The Bible says absolutely not. In fact, one of the main themes of the Bible is to not fear. There are numerous verses in the Bible that you can turn to that command us not to fear. For example:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”- Matthew 10:29-33
Unfortunately, when many of us read these passages, we see the command (“fear not”), but we fail to see what holds up the command. Verse 31 says, “Fear not, therefore.” What does “therefore” refer to? It refers to “are not two sparrow sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” The foundation to “fear not” is our Father’s Sovereignty; His authority over what happens in the lives of sparrows (worthless birds).
This text tells us that nothing happens on this planet without God’s approval. This includes what we call the good and the bad (I say it this way because what we call bad, for God’s children will actually turn out for good). The world loves to promote the opposite of God’s control. The World promotes randomness and this produces fear. It promotes a life of Godly absence; a life where the blows of life come out of nowhere, for no reason. This is why; as America becomes less and less rooted in Christ we become more and more anxious, and this will always be the case absent Jesus; no matter how affluent or secure we are.
The Bible is not a story of randomness. It is a story of providence. It is a story of God’s hand guiding history to its designated end, an end that leads to a beautiful crescendo for all of those who call God their Father.