I’ll admit it. I get pretty uneasy at the thought of being locked in a tiny space. Which phobia was that? Right. Claustrophobia. What about the ever-popular arachnophobia, fear of spiders? There’s some that are pretty out-there, too, like octophobia – fear of the figure 8, and papyrophobia – fear of paper.
Then there are the fears that don’t seem so extreme, like fear of failure, fear of being alone, fear of judgement. We might not call them phobias, but they can be just as crippling. And while it’s normal and wise to understand that there is danger in the world, and that you will encounter problems in life, God doesn’t want us to be paralyzed by fear and anxiety. 2 Timothy 1:7 says:
“For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.”
Fear of God is different. It is an awe and reverence that drives us to surrender to our beautiful and perfect Creator. This includes surrendering all our unhealthy fears that rob us of true joy and freedom in Christ.
The new video “Fear” by Central Films offers up this choice – fear God, or fear everything else! Check it out below, and find all of Central Films’ videos here.