Joe went to a psychiatrist for a problem that had plagued him for years– fear that someone was under his bed at night.
“Doc,” he pleaded, “You’ve got to help me. I’m going crazy. I can’t get a good night’s sleep.”
“I can cure you in 6 months,” said the doctor. “If you will come 3 times a week, I will rid you of your fears.”
“How much do you charge?” asked Joe.
“$150 a visit.”
“I’ll think about,” Joe replied.
Six months later the psychiatrist saw Joe on the street and asked, “Why didn’t you come back to see me?”
“Oh, I went to another doctor,” said Joe, “and he cured me in one visit for $100.”
“Really? How did he do that?”
“He told me to cut the legs off my bed”
What are you afraid of?
Caty Medrano published an article called the “Top 10 Strong Human Fears.” She explains them in detail, but they’re pretty self-explanatory.
In one of the great texts of the Bible, Moses encouraged the children of Israel not to fear as they embarked upon the conquest of Canaan.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
While curing all fears may not be as simple as cutting off the legs of your bed, applying the admonitions from this 3,400 year old verse will go a long way toward conquering our fears.
(1) Be strong.
Our strength is in the Lord. This is a constant theme in both the Old and New Testament. Through the avenue of prayer, Bible study, and meditation, we can find the strength to overcome our fears, whether real or imagined. Spiritual strength empowers us to conqueror our adversaries, overcome temptations, and endure adversity.
(2) Be courageous.
While God provides the strength, we must muster up the courage. One poet put this way, “Courage must come from the soul within. Man must furnish the will to win.” Henry Van Dyke defined courage this way: “It is the standing army of the soul which keeps it from conquest, pillage and slavery.”
(3) Be aware of God’s presence.
Wherever we are, God is there. Whatever we face, God is there. Whoever opposes us, God is there. However tough the challenge appears, God is there. Whenever we feel fear, God is there. Like the Psalmist David, I am assured that I’m always “in His presence.”
(4) Be assured of God’s faithfulness.
“God is faithful” penned the apostle Paul. Sometimes I’m not. Sometimes our friends fail us. Occasionally a brother may let us down. Sadly a loved one may reject us. Or refuse to stand by us in a difficult situation. Not God. He will not forsake us. He will not fail us. He will not forget us.
“Of whom shall I be afraid?” is a fair question to ask.
When we can confidently affirm that “the Lord is my light, my salvation and my strength,” then the answer is easy. (Ps 27:1)
“Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. And no one was there.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman