When I am afraid––and I’m afraid of a lot of things—I have found that my problem is that I’m actually not afraid enough. There’s a kind of fear that puts all our other fears into their place—a bigger, greater fear—and Proverbs 9:10 tells us what that fear is: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Insight into our fears and wisdom about how to deal with them comes as we grow in fearing the only One who is worthy to be feared: the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, here’s how I’m preaching this to myself these days: When I am afraid, I ponder a promise of God that relates to that fear. If I’m afraid of losing our current pregnancy, I think about God’s promise to be in control of all things—he is sovereign, and was even over his only Son’s death and resurrection. If I’m scared of what people think of me, I meditate on God’s promise to accept me in the righteous covering of Christ—he justifies sinners. When I’m terrified of tragedy or pain or suffering, I think about God’s promise to always be with me, even in the worst of storms—he is always good and trustworthy. As I learn more of who God is—awesome and holy and glorious—I am able to grow in fearing him, and put lesser fears in their place.