Whether your week was filled with sugar around every corner, creepy costumes, haunted houses, or hearing convos about the show Stranger Things, one thing was easy to see:  People are strange.

I’ve learned to admit that I’m strange.  As I walked the neighborhood in a Lord of the Rings costume on Halloween night, my wife pretended not to know me.  “Who are you supposed to be?” asked everyone at some point.  “I love your Star Wars costume,” exclaimed a couple of neighbors.  Ugh.

We’re all strange, if we are honest.  We make the strangest decisions, sometimes mindlessly just because everyone else is.  We eat strange candies, just because they made it in our kids’ bucket.  We have the strangest fears, too.  We’re afraid that our team will lose (they will), or the price of gas will go up 20 cents (it will) or that adults will think our kids are weird (because they are.)

Maybe the strangest fear we have is a fear of our future, which is not even a thing.  It could be a thing, but it’s not, because it’s never here.  How strange that we’re afraid of it!

Here is what the Bible says about fear and our future:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction…but whoever listens to [wisdom] will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” -Proverbs 1:7 & 1:33

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:34

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

Afraid you won’t be able to pay the bills next month?  Pray and don’t ignore the problem.  Fear the Lord.  Talk to someone about it so they can help and hold you accountable.

Worried about your family member?  Fear the Lord and bring the truth to them!

Concerned about whether to stay or leave your job?  Ask God so he can give you peace about what to do and bounce it off of other believers you trust.  Don’t be afraid of their answers.

Fear of things can make you insecure, but if you fear the Lord, you dwell secure.  You won’t have to fear anything else.  Others will notice your strange peace, and you will be able tell them that you fear God and nothing else.


A Next Step

The main way to know God is by knowing his Word.  Need help?  Try reading a Psalm and a Proverb everyday.  Want something with more direction?  Jump into the free Anchored study produced by Hope Community Church, it’s a great way to begin truly developing your trust in God no matter where you are in your spiritual growth.