Grace to you!
Dealing with fear in the spiritual life could be a tough nut to chew. The monstrous posture fear adopts makes it seem impossible to navigate. Anyone who lives in fear feels in their skin the pain of unfreedom.
You understand the fear I mean? It isn’t the biological or physical fear that we witness when, for instance, we’re about to collide with a car. Neither is it the kind of natural fear that happens when there is a fire outbreak and your house or property is about to be damaged or your life is endangered. It is also not the fear which results from the instinct of self-preservation when passing through a very dangerous neighborhood and you hear gun-shots.
I mean the fear of the unknown. The fear of insecurity. The fear that is within many of us preventing us from seeing that God is in charge of our life and our future.
One of the reasons why people are afraid is because they are not sure what life will bring and how their life will end. The worst fear is the fear of death and what happens after death.
Fear is indeed a monster that cripples many, especially those who have not realized it has been conquered a long time ago. Our first answer to fear must take place in the mind, in the heart and in the spirit.
Even for the physical fear and the spiritual, God reassures us that we should not be afraid. God is in charge. From the text of Isaiah 41:13 we read this beautiful message: “For I, the Lord your God hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not’, I will help you.”
This was the message to the people who were conquered by the Babylonians in the sixth century B.C. They were subjected to all sorts of humiliation as prisoners of war. They lived in fear. In their pains, they cried to God for liberation. The Lord, the Savior, kind and merciful, sent words to them reassuring them of the power to save them. Surely, he saved them as He said He will. God is faithful. His promises are “Yes” (2 Cor 1:20).
One of the answers to fear is to accept that the dangers are real but that the Lord has won the battle for you. No need to deny the apparent danger. Be real. However, respond to it with courageous faith and hope in the Lord Our Savior. Faith in the Lord, the confident trust in Him absolutely frees us from fear. God reassures as well as strengthens us with His word: “Fear not, I will help you.”
Are you dealing with fear or uncertain about certain things in your life? Are you worried? Hold on to God’s Word. Lay down before God all your fears and worries. You will be surprised how God takes care of them and takes care of you.
Scripture says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you…” (Ps 55:22). Praying for you, my friend.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday, Advent Week 2 B: Is 41:13-20 Mt 11:11-15]
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations this Advent Season.