Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.
There are many fears and phobias that may seem unreasonable to all but the people who experience them. We may know within ourselves that we have no reason to fear something but still experience that heart-pounding anxiety. Other times, there are things that seem reasonable to be fearful of. In Jeremiah’s day, the people were afraid of the king of Babylon. God had enabled this king to become very powerful and conquer many people, and his next target was the people of Jerusalem. We can understand why people would be fearful of him, especially since God had already told them what was going to happen.
But God knows what we are afraid of, and He knows what He is going to do to help us whenever we find ourselves in those fearful situations. He is always with us, and so we have to decide whether we are going to trust Him or fold into our fear. He is bigger than anything we will ever face, and so we have to decide whether we will trust His power or give that power to what we are afraid of. God is able to overcome anything, so we have to choose whether we will rely on His ability or doubt that He can do what He says He will do.
Too often we compare what we are fearful of with ourselves and our own ability to handle it instead of comparing it to God and His ability to handle it. Too often we are looking at things from the wrong perspective, focusing on how it appears to us instead of how God sees it. Too often we may doubt what God says and allow our own fearful hearts to lead us down wrong paths or pull us away from Him. Instead of shaking and cowering apart from Him, we can confidently rest under His promised protection. Instead of crumbling in our weakness, we can stand in His strength.
When we find ourselves fearful and afraid, let us bring that situation before the Lord. Whether it is another person, our circumstances, or anything else, we can ask God for courage and faith to handle it in the best way possible. We can seek His wisdom, His protection, and His leading, and then we won’t have any reason to fear. Let us remind ourselves of God’s promises to us, and let us cling to Him as our source of safety, because when we are trusting Him completely, we will find there is nothing to be afraid of.