Job 3:25-26 “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.”
The Book of Job tells a very personal account of what one goes through in a trial brought on by God. We are given a peek behind the veil of our world and the spiritual realm. It begins with a challenge from God to Satan.
Job 1:8 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
The devil complains that Job is untouchable because of the hedge of protection God has placed on him. God takes away the shield and allows Satan to touch all that he possesses. His houses, wealth, and his children all perish.
Once again, Satan comes before God, and God brags on His son, Job.
Job 2:3 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.”
Interesting to note that God allowed the devil’s request to move God’s hand against Job.
Again, Satan complains that Job is safe because he has his health intact. Once again, God allows the affliction of Job’s body but limits the devil to spare his life.
In his affliction, Job retains his integrity, but reveals his humanity when he states;
“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me”
What do we fear the most? Pain? Death? Loneliness? Sickness? Rejection? Loss?
We could share our greatest fear, and we would collect just as many different causes for that fear. There are countless ‘phobias’ that have been named by the medical community. Yet, at its root, fear remains.
Fear looks like a giant when not put in the proper perspective.
How does one prepare to combat that fear? How do we address that which we would shudder and push away? Jesus had to face something no one else had ever or ever will meet.
Mark 14:35-36 “And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”
Jesus never experienced what He was facing that night.
The presence of fear in our life is not sinful. It is when we allow that fear to grip us and control us that it can become sinful.
It is a lack of faith that allows fear to control us. It is what we fail to recognize that can ultimately drag us down. God has a weapon to combat our fear.
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
The perfect love of which God speaks is not something we can possess. Only God possesses perfect love. When we are possessed of Him, His love can flow in and through us.
The giant of fear looms to take away our confidence, peace, and sever our relationship with God so that we are no longer a clean conduit to the perfect love that will cast out the fear that grips us.
If fear is not of God, it is of the devil. It is one of the devil’s most potent weapons. It can rise as a giant in our life if we do not prepare. It was said earlier that a lack of faith allows fear to control us.
Faith is not something static; it is dynamic. It must be exercised; put into practice. We are all given the same measure of faith. Yet, others seem to display such great confidence while others cower in fear.
Why is that?
What we know of God is foundational. If I know that God is Sovereign and always in control, I need never fear any situation or circumstance.
God’s got this.
We have also been given precious promises, weapons, and armor in this battle. A saved child of God is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. I cannot and will not ever be possessed by the devil or a demon. I am sealed unto the day of redemption and will never be left alone while I still draw breath.
Fear is but a tool of the enemy to shake my faith. That is what Job relates to us in this passage. He feared losing the favor and protection of God. He did not know that God was using this to show His divine plan for trials, no matter how deep, hard, or painful they may become.
Fear may be as big as a giant and roar like a lion. May we take the time to center and focus our attention on our God, who is more significant than any giant we will ever face.