Weariness (Biblical Perspectives)
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Among many things the bible is a book of reassurance, comfort and encouragement from God. God knew that fear is a common human response to uncertainty, difficulty and stress. There is an estimated 365 references to “fear not” and “be not afraid” in the bible- one for every day of the year.
Fear can have an immobilising effect which can prevent us from living our lives and functioning as healthy, whole and happy individuals. Fear of the unknown can prevent us from doing new things and learning new skills. At the extreme end uncontrolled fear can lead to phobias which can have a detrimental effect upon our life with fear of heights, enclosed spaces, spiders, the dark, death etc dominating our lives and determining the what, when how, where and when of our existence.
The above scripture tells us explicitly what “fear” is and what it is not. The emotion fear is not from God, so instantly we see that it is something that is not good for us that we need to overcome and reject. The verse contrasts fear with 3 attributes that God gives us which are its antitheses: power, love and a sound mind.
Evident from the scripture is that fear causes weakness: it disempowers and immobilises; it also generates negative emotions- the list of phobias referred to above tells us everything we need about how a person feels about the object of their fear- they hate it. At its extreme when fear takes hold of us, it can affect our mental health and emotional wellbeing.
As Christians we need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with “fear of the Lord” we have wisdom and restraint from evil (Job 28:28, Proverbs 16:6) as protective factors. We are admonished in Philippians 4:6-7 not to be anxious about anything, but instead we counselled to pray about everything. Paul not only advises us at times when fear is likely to set in we are not only to pray earnestly, but we are to also thank God in advance for removing our fear. In place of fear we will have the outcome of “the peace that passeth all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds.
Fear is an emotion that is not from God and his antidote to fear is “peace”- a combination of power, love and a sound mind. Of course, overcoming fear, when we have developed a habit of being fearful is easier said than done. However, with hundreds of bible promises to choose from and God’s peace and wisdom and abundance to draw upon, we need not be enslaved to fear.
Collection of Biblical Perspectives
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Nothing of Himself It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more
Peace When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God's spiritual peace envoy...more
My Faith Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more
Salvation: The Ark of God! We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more
The Anatomy of Repentance Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more
The Purpose of Joy Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more
Be Still And Know God Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more
Finding Our Purpose If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more
Suffering to Learn from What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more
Forgiveness God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more
Prayer In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more
Weariness We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more
Have Faith in God! It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more
Thanksgiving He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more