Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Once I heard someone say “Fear has no place in the life of a Christian.” Well, I agree that it should not, but often we find that it is very difficult to go through some things without fear.
Faith and trust in God comes into play here. No matter how we look at it, when we are fearful our faith is low and we are not trusting God. Otherwise, of course, fear would have no inroad.
We like to think we have enough faith and trust in God that we would react fearlessly in the face of a life-threatening circumstance, but we really don’t know what we would do until are confronted with such.
In Bible study discussion recently, we were reminded how many times God’s people are told to not be discouraged, dismayed, or afraid. Both Old and New Testament Scripture are replete with the concept of being strong, courageous, fearless, etc.
The answer to the question of how does one face adversity unafraid lies in the heart of each person. We must, individually, ask, “Do I have enough faith?” “Do I really trust God?” If the answer is “No” to either or both, then, there must come the added question “Why don’t I?
Faith is given to each person as we are born into the family of God (Romans 12:3). How that faith is increased, as it should be, is up to the individual person. It is increased in “Faith to faith” and “Glory to glory” moments, as we encounter those situations in which God places for that very purpose. Further, we trust God to the degree we know Him. In order to trust Him more, we must strive to know Him more. As we have been brought through things that has increased our faith, we see that indeed we can trust Him for future things we must face.
To live unafraid, one must know Him to the fullest degree possible!