FDR, in his first Inaugural Address said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
In the context of that day I am sure that it was a good speech & necessary with the times our nation was facing.
I want to look deeper at the issue of fear, primarily one of my favorite verses on fear- Proverbs 3:25
"Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught."I don't know about you, but I am not afraid of dying and facing God, I am afraid of getting to the point of losing control. Of control dropping out from under me.
So let's look at this verse-
"Do not be YARE (afraid, revere) of PITHOM (sudden, lit. to open the eyes & see, fig. a storm that comes up suddenly) PACHAD (dread)."
In other words, do not be afraid of fears that quickly form. Do not be afraid of a sudden storm in life that comes upon and would threaten to overwhelm you. The godly do not need to fear sudden fear or of the onslaught of the wicked. the godly are the only ones who can truly have SHALOM (peace) because the lord is our confidence & will keep us from being destroyed. He is sovereign, loves us, & is working out things for our good.
So, we need not fear fear itself. If we are believers, instead, we can walk confidently into the storms knowing that we are cared for & that everything is completely under control.