Is it war, divorce, a terminal illness, a job termination, sexual abuse? Whatever we fear, it is always a reflection of death, death to our source of income, death to our sense of being healthy, death to our sense of companionship, death to our sense of security, death to our sense of integrity. God takes us through our fears because He has not given us a Spirit of fear.
As Paul shared with Timothy,
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
It’s not that we will not suffer. It’s not that the unimaginable things will not happen. Rather, it is that God will take us through our fears, through our sufferings, through our pains and give us a way, the way to breathe, Christ Jesus, His Son.
Jesus shared his fear as a human on many instances before the cross. He made sure that he exhausted all the options before moving on to what was coming:
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
“take this cup from me”, was Jesus’ plea to God, His Father, to not suffer as much if possible.
Psalm 91 depicts the mindset of Christ on the road of suffering while having the hope to be rescued, the hope to be raised from the dead by His Father.
God will take us through all of our fears, even death, to show us there was nothing really to fear because He is God. He knows the beginning and the end. He is the beginning and the end. And that’s the knowledge Jesus brought to us and proved to us by his death and resurrection.
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)