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Where Did Fear Come From?

Where Did Fear Come From? @facingfearPhoto by Zohre Nemati on Unsplash

If God is so good, why does fear exist?

I’m so glad you asked. Let’s go back to the beginning. In Genesis 1, God created the universe. He made all things: light, air, water, plants, animals, man. At the end of each day He inspected His handiwork and pronounced it good.

On the day He created man, He pronounced it very good. God was pleased with the week’s work and everything was perfect. 

Our account of creation ended with these words: 

“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

In other words, there was no fear or shame in the garden of Eden. Fast-forward a bit and we see the change that occurred after Lucifer deceived the woman. When God called to Adam after the Fall, his words were:

“I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Gen 3:10

In an instant, fear and shame entered God’s perfect world and they have been here ever since.

Sin, Fear and Shame

The beauty about God is that He is perpetually reassuring humanity. ‘Do not fear,’ He tells us, ‘I am with you.’

God knew that the fears of humanity had risen to dangerous levels. We would fear the God who gave us life.

We would run from Him and refuse to accept the help from Him that we need.

We would fear each other.

We would fear the animals and they would fear us.

The perfect balance had been disrupted.

Click to tweet: Our fears may seem to be ingrained in every cell, every action and every thought, but it’s not a natural part of our design – it’s a mutation.via @Heb12Endurance

Fear Is Not Our Nature

Now, this may not be the immediate cause of your fear, but it’s a reminder that God did not create us to be fearful. Our fears may seem to be ingrained in every cell, every action and every thought, but it’s not a natural part of our design – it’s a mutation.

Because our fears are personal, the cause will be different in every case. Why are you afraid? Try to remember the source of each of the fears you wrote down yesterday. If we are going to face our fears we need to know why we have them.

Challenge: Where did your fears originate?

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