Advice columnist Ann Landers receives something like 10,000 letters per month. When asked which topics are the subject of most of the letters, she answered that most people were afraid of something. They were afraid of losing their health or their marriage or their job. They were afraid even when there were no tangible grounds for their fears. Do you know anyone like that?
Hugh Missildine says that fear is one of the earliest emotions that a baby experiences, and that all fears tend to be variations of three basic ones: the fear of falling, the fear of loud noises, and the fear of being abandoned.
Most of us learn to deal with the first two. Some of us have problems with heights. The fear of falling is still with us but for most it is not debilitating. As we get older we may not fear loud noises like we did as an infant. The fear of abandonment, however, is a subtle fear of which we may not even be aware, but which may get ever more acute as the years pass. It's no fun being left alone.
But Jesus says to us, "That can't happen. I will never leave you alone. I am going to the Father, but I will send a Counselor to be with you."
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
- Hebrews 13:5 (New International Version)
Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, remind us daily of your presence in our life, as we overcome our fears. In Jesus’ Name, Amen