We have all come across the small dog behind a neighbor’s yard, barking, yelping and raising a fuss at you walking or jogging by. Annoying isn’t it?
It is the same dog that runs like the wind when you go to meet your neighbor and cross over the property line into that same yard, the dog that acts fearless, intimidating, fierce, and not to be reckoned with.
I have been that very dog, and so have you.
The outward displays of bravery and ferocity are actually a masquerade for the very fear that it tries to project. “I am not afraid of anything,” when in fact I am afraid of many things, hence the noise, the fuss, the assertiveness.
Fear hides deep and is subtle in its control of our decisions and choices, hiding behind the teeth of feigned strength and power. It is not as obvious as you may think, nor is it always barking and growling. Fear in the human soul has many well-camouflaged masks and stalks us constantly and quietly for a complete takeover. It hides itself as another kind of faith, and if you believe its doctrines and half-truths, it will help you create the very thing you fear most; it will multiply its power to dominate and control you.
It must be exposed and defeated.
So you walk around with your chin jutting out, your head tilted back and pace yourself slowly and assuredly as one who is in control of himself and his world. Or you stay quiet, subdued, diplomatic, the strong silent type, also in control. Perhaps you’re neither, and you’re openly scared of a lot of things, and you don’t mind telling people. Scared to lose your job, scared your kids will go crazy, scared of who will win the next election.
Regardless which one of these you resemble, they can all be statements made overtly or subtly to tell people not to interfere.
You have made up your mind on your approach to life and the things that scare or concern you. You have a plan or you have given up, but you certainly don’t want to delve into the heart of it with your friend, colleague or family member. Just leave me alone, you say, I will tough it out and soldier through.
And then along comes Jesus. He likes to delve in to confront our stuff and that can be really annoying too...
This is an excerpt from 'Another Kind of Faith - Fear! by Jim Sim