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Are fear and anxiety wrong? The answers we hear are not always clear. They can leave us with a resounding, “sort of” or “sometimes,” which does not help people who are already feeling uncertain and less spiritual than others. If you expect that spiritual growth will make you fearless and anxiety-free, then you are implying that fears and anxieties are sin just waiting to be cast off. In response, you are left with two options: perennial low-level guilt or ways to deal with fear on your own, apart from the Lord.
What is clear in Scripture is that we live in a world that has endless threats and the Lord counters your fear—not with calls to repentance—but with comfort. So with further spiritual growth, we expect that faith and fear will be joined to each other rather than fear eradicated. When fears appear, faith is right there next to it. Psalm 56 is a helpful guide to this delicate process.
Psalmist - Fears - Words - Confidence - God
The psalmist puts his fears into words and then immediately speaks of his confidence in God’s care and presence. We speak our fears and our trust at the same time. The extremes of lament meet spiritual confidence, back-and-forth.
Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
Day - Attacker
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;...
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