What really is fear?

It always amazes me how new insights can come years after a situation has passed…

I grew up with a lot of fear, and have worked hard over the decades to overcome it. Yet, a stark reality hit home as I read Proverbs 29:25, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare.”

The Bible called my past fears exactly what they were – traps. For this is what fear does – it captures us, makes us a prisoner, and we can’t escape.

But as I read the next part of that verse, I saw the key to that trap, one which took me years to find – “but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” For a trap has NO power as we trust in God. Our escape is real.

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2 Replies to “What really is fear?”

  1. This is a great thought. Even knowing that fear is a trap can be a trap! We can be so determined to avoid the issues that lead to fear. The only way of passing the trap safely is trust God and be led by him. He knows the way through, and I have to overcome fear to follow him in that path.

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