Every time you switch on your television or pick up a newspaper, you are bombarded with stories that are written to stimulate fear and worry. People in the world are continually frightened of crime, the recession and rumours of imminent disaster. Fear has a paralysing effect. It stops people moving forward with their lives. It causes them to lose sleep, and will affect their health if left unchecked.
I heard someone once define fear as “False Evidence Appearing Real.” In other words the fear of something is often much worse than the thing itself as people magnify the problem out of all proportion. Fear sells newspapers and even gets people elected to high office. But fear is not the way that God’s people should live.