Have you ever noticed how many words there are in English to describe fear? We can be anxious, afraid, alarmed, worried, nervous, jittery, frantic, flustered, freaked-out, conflicted, concerned, cowardly, craven, timid, timorous, scared, stressed, panicked and even pusillanimous. Anxiety is something we all struggle with at times. I guess it’s no surprise that the Bible has so many passages about fear, some simple and comforting, others majestic and poetic.
“Fear not, little flock,” says Jesus, “for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” The Psalmist says, “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness.”