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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Proverbs Concerning: Our Relationship To Fear:  Prov 3:25-26

25) Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26) For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

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INTRODUCTION:

Solomon now addresses a very important issue that is a major issue in any day or age. It is the issue of fear.   Fear is a universal emotion that has been experienced throughout the ages. Fear is the opposite of faith (Matt 8:24-26).  Fear is experienced when our faith is at its weakest point.  All of us have experienced fear sometime during our lives on earth.  What is the solution to the fears that we face?

 

EXPOSITION:

25) Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
Solomon proclaims that fear has no place in the life of a Christian.  He does this in the form of a command to Christians to not allow fear into their lives.   He says to “be not afraid”.
The Heb word translated “afraid” helps us to understand the characteristics of the fearful circumstance in life…
1.  to dread – an undesirable, disagreeable, unattractive circumstance
2. to recognize harm – a circumstance that will result in damage, spoil, or destruction
3. to be affrighted – a circumstance that shocks, upsets, surprises

How difficult it is to face these types of circumstances.  The natural reactions to these undesirable events  are feelings of coming harm leading to distress and turmoil.

We are given two of the greatest causes of fear in the lives of Christians:
1. sudden fear – the entrance of unexpected and rapid difficulties.
2. desolation of the wicked – the opposition and harm that comes upon Christians from the lost who oppose our stand for Christ.

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall] fruit [be] in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and [there shall be] no herd in the stalls:Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”   (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.  Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.  For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:10-13)

26) For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
The key to overcoming these feelings of fear is trust in the protecting hand of the Lord.  Our Lord, in His role of protector is said to:
1.  be thy One upon whom to rely and upon whom to base assurance.
2.  be the One who guards and places a protecting hedge around the traveled path of life

 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee…  And the LORD, he [it is] that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”  (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)

 

SUMMARY:

It is only through the grace of the Lord that we can overcome the natural tendencies of fear and distress as we rely upon Him as we look to Him for our assurance and protection.  Whenever we are faced with the fearful times of life, let us all look to His Word, seek His face in prayer, recognize our reliance upon Him and, in doing so, remind ourselves of His gracious promises of protection that He has given to all His people.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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6 Comments

  1. James says:

    Excellent post! Either you are on the east coast and up very early or like me and cannot sleep right now. It is 3:37 am and I cannot sleep. Too much stuff running through my head. I know it has been a while since we spoke. I have been very deep in study and not very communicative lately with anyone. I hope all is going well. I do read your blogs and do click like a lot. Just have not been commenting, very sorry about that.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Alot of days, Im up early… all depends on what is needed to be done that day. Sorry you are not sleeping well. I know you’ve got alot of irons in the fire. There is no need to apologize. I’ve been very busy of late as well. I’m struggling just to keep up with “liking” and “commenting” as well. I’ve taken it to the Lord and He is burdening me about studying and writing more and putting those things first. The liking and comments need to take second place. Take care, good to hear from you Lord bless you.

      • James says:

        I am getting rid of a lot of those irons so I can devote more time to study and blogging too. I cannot keep up with everything and the blog is more important than most of my stuff. I will talk with you later, keep up the great work, take care and God bless.

  2. Debbie says:

    This is a big one, Pastor Rob. But I know that I no longer ‘fear’ like I did, so He is helping me day by day. God bless you as you continue through the Proverbs.

  3. Fear is faith in satan.

    False
    Expectations
    Appearing
    Real

    I’ll trust God – He ALONE is worthy.

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