Fear: It Can be Real | Moments of Comfort
I’ve dodged boulders dropping onto the road in front of me while driving out west. It was scary! Frightening! Yes, I was afraid! I feared for my life in those moments.
Fear can be very real. Rocks falling in front of my car are dangerous. Car crashes bring property damage – and sometimes bodily harm. Fear is especially real to the person feeling it. I’ve gotten over my fear of jumping into the deep end of a swimming pool. But a toddler may not be as confident. The fear she feels can keep her out of the water.
Fear is the belief someone or something is dangerous and likely to cause pain or act as a threat. So fear can be a healthy emotion when applied with reason.
The Bible tells the story of Jonah – a prophet who rejected God’s call and directions. Jonah tried to sail off into the sunset. But the LORD sent a storm – a storm so severe that the professional sailors on the ship were afraid. The ship began to break up. It could sink – and they would die. A very rational fear to feel in those moments.
Sin brings fear, though. It was the sin of Jonah that caused these sailors to suffer. The Bible tells us that from inside a great fish, Jonah prayed to the LORD.
“I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and He answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice.”
Sin brings fear. Real fear. Like a ship breaking up in a storm and fear of drowning.
Real fear. Like being swallowed by a great fish and never seeing life again.
Sin brings fear. But God is always near.
The Lord heard Jonah’s cry of remorse and repentance. His cry for mercy and help. And God forgave Jonah and redeemed his life for the Lord’s purpose.