FEAR ...FAILURE OF FAITH?
The great Mark Twain once said "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear". Therefore, does it mean that Fear is a lack of courage? Believe it or not, Jesus thought and said so in Mark 4:40 (NASB) "And He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
To grasp this fully, let's look at the two original Greek words Jesus used: "AFRAID" (Delios) means to be timid, even cowardly! It is the negative kind of fear...not the positive way we are supposed to "FEAR THE LORD"! Then Jesus said His disciples had no FAITH (Pistis). This is not just faith or Trust but also a lack of confidence!
It recalls when Moses sent out a spy party of 12 men to scout the Promised Land - Canaan. Sure enough, they came back with proof of the Faithfulness of God and even called it "A land flowing with milk and honey".....but then 10 of them wimped out about they fear they had of the size of the giants occupying that territory.
God had promised them that Land. He allowed them safe passage in to get the fruit and take it back as evidence to Moses and Aaron. But they grew timid and lost their trust and confidence in the Promises of God.
Have YOU lost that same total confidence you had in Him?
Have YOU let Human Reasoning replace the Loving Trust and opened shiny-faced trust you had in Him before?
Have YOU allowed Fear, of so many well...fearful things...in today's world...so overtake you, that it ROBS you of the POWER Christ gave you....to DEFEAT THAT SAME FEAR???!!!
If the answer to any of the above is yes, well...FEAR NOT! He Who has overcome the world, sin, death and Satan, can do anything. Simply trust ...it sounds too easy but it is!! TRUST GOD!! TRUST CHRIST!! TRUST HIS PROMISES TO NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE YOU!!