Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.–Matthew 10:31
While certain fear can be good and useful, most fears are foolish and harmful. Michael Guido (1915-20090), known for his radio broadcast,”Seeds from the Sower”, told this interesting story:
The Arabs have a fable that says Pestilence met a caravan on the way to Baghdad. “Why must you travel to Baghdad?” asked the chief. “To take 5,000 lives”, he answered. On the way back Pestilence again met the caravan. “You deceived me”, said the chief. “you took 50,000 lives.” “No”, insisted Pestilence, “I took 5,000 lives. Fear killed the rest!”. That is a fable. But this is a fact–fear kills”.
Ord Morrow, speaker on Back to the Bible from 1959 50 1981, said: “Ours is a very complicated world of up and down, of good and evil. It would be impossible to describe our world with a single word. But if I had to choose one word, I would choose the word “fear”.” Then he went on to explain, “Fear causes people to live far below their ability. If we are not careful, a thousand fears will attack us when we awake in the morning. There is a fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear of ill health, fear of what others think, fear of being shoved aside, fear of growing old and fear of death, just to mention a few”.
That being the case we need to protect ourselves from this dreadful enemy. It has been said that “the Bible repeats the command “fear not” exactly 365 times, once for each day of the year. It is as if to say, there is no day in our lives when fear is not a present reality. Thankful not a day goes by but what our Heavenly Father watches over us and enables us to be free from fear!