22
Apr
07

Confidence in Fear?

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.
Proverbs 14:26

No Fear! Any of us who grew up in the 80’s remember that slogan’s birth! In the present age of X-games and extreme sports, it is fun to let our kids know that we were there when extreme sports were invented!

No Fear! Our world tells us that it is weak to fear and that we have to prove that we don’t have any fear–that we are confident in every situation. We all know, however, that when sin rears its monstrous head or when tragedy strikes as at Virgina Tech or in Hurricane Katrina that there is no other reaction for the unbeliever than fear and disbelief.

As believers in God, we are taught the reality of the world system and of the destructive effects of sin in individual lives and in the world system at large. We learn that God is bigger than any of these problems–that He is All-Powerful and Sovereign.

So, we are told that our strong confidence comes in fearing God. When we fear Him, we stand in awe of Who He is. We revere Him. We respect Him. We obey Him. We let Him have His way with us and with the world without accusing Him of wrongdoing. While we do that, we have confidence, because we know He not only controls all things, but He holds us in His hand as well, and so our fear turns into confidence. As Joyce Oshiro, our missionary in Japan sang a couple weeks ago, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me!”

Questions for Kids:
What kind of things are you afraid of?
What things are not controlled by God?
Who should we be confident in–ourselves or God? Why do you think we can be confident in God?

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