1. Fear of the Lord, which is the good fear. It says in Psalms 111:10 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..."
2. Fear that is patronising, the "bad" fear. He says "So do not fear...." -Isaiah 41:10a
How can two things be so contradictory?! I will show you how:
I remember when I moved into my new apartment, I was happy to finally have my own place! I had had roommates all my years during my studies and work, and the time had finally arrived. I had prayed to God asking Him for different things whilst in my journey in the Netherlands, of which one of them was that before I get married, I want to live on my own. God honoured that, and it was a part of His will that I do.
Living with people is a blessing, as you get to learn a lot about yourself and about how others navigate. You also get to learn how two or more worlds collide and how the positive and negatives can be used for growth. Overall, and ultimately, indeed we are in this life journey for relationship with God and to be more like Christ.
I remember I wanted to live by myself because something deep down in me knew that one day I would tell someone that advice. I knew that it was meant for me to live by myself, but as you know, like any other prayer, we have to ultimately say, "if it is your Will" because God knows what's best and what is yet to come.
I am now in the midst of enjoying this apartment, but there was a moment in the road where the road got bumpy.
I had a mishap, where I had bed bugs (I know, so not ideal). This was a bump in the road that I didn't expect. I didn't know the source, and I remember I started getting scared. Although these little critters are so tiny, I started to think: "How can a nice place now seem like a not so nice place?"
In this journey, whilst I waited, I researched on how to get rid of them, and ultimately decided that getting the place sprayed would be best, in order to prevent anything spreading.
In that, I had the second fear. I saw the price of getting the spray and I was not able to pay for that myself! And besides, I didn't know the source of these little critters. The first kind of fear came in, and I asked God, "what shall I do?" In that, I had a peace that gave me to tell my landlord and ask him to pay for it. I told my landlord and he didn't want to pay for it. Ah, that's when the second fear came in and said, "he won't pay for it, you better find money for that! It's your problem!". I decided to consult a few friends, who advised and confirmed that the landlord should pay, and indeed, we added the R in pay, and we started to pray. Holy Spirit told me that my landlord's heart was hardened and we had to just pray and then ask again. Long behold, I sent him a message and he replied, "I will pay for it, I will reimburse what you pay". Thanks be to God.
I knew from that moment on, that fear will come, high and low, some in unexpected times, and in those times, we may choose to stand on the promises that God has for us. We take a stand. I had been scared to ask my landlord to pay for the bill, but after prayer, I did and it was successful. I had been scared after that, to sleep, but I did and I was fine. The ball was rolling, and finally, I was scared after that to start writing again, but I started and here I am and nothing bad happened. None of the fears I had occurred. I know it's a bit cliché but there is the acronym of fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. Don't fall for it. You are the child of the most high!! Grasp that promise, even if you have to hold it with your hand shaking and God is strengthening it every step of the way.
My overall message is, fear is inevitable. Take the chance. Ask for grace. Communicate with God. In fact you are in relationship for a reason. He desires to listen to you, even for "little" things. Sometimes we think we need to talk to God about the big things but He cares about the day to day things too. And for some, it's actually the opposite, we think that God only cares about the small things, but He is there with the big dreams too!
I'm here now in this challenge. God's taking me too and will continue to for all of us in this journey, where fear will come like a shadow, but you put the lights on and it's gone. Step by step, breath by breath, moment by moment. I never said it's going to be easy. There are some bumps you can skip over yes, and there are mountains we push over with the faith of a mustard seed, with prayer, with friends who can pray or even strangers who pray. Even Jesus Himself is praying for you.
So fear not, oh little one.
"He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." -Matthew 8:26
Now, to conclude, that "bad" fear, I put in parentheses because even "bad" fear can result to something good, which is, you grow and you grow and you learn more and more. In Christ, all things work together for good: Romans 8:28 "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love and are called according to His purpose for them".
Imagine in the midst of the storm, God laughing at that storm, Him saying "this tiny thing! I can conquer it! You and me together, we are wrapped in this love and we have this!"
He's got you, so where does fear fit? Fear of the Lord, is it all begins and ends. <3