“SCAREDY-CAT!”

“The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1 NIV
Read:  Psalm 27:1-6

The dictionary tells us there is no such word as scaredy.  But, when you add the word cat to it, it can be found in some dictionaries.  We can all remember times in our youth when someone yelled ‘Scaredy-Cat’ at us in a fearful moment.   Being called a Scaredy-Cat was often coupled with a ‘dare you’.   We might also remember being ‘scared of our own shadow’, ‘scared out of out wits’ or of something that ‘scared the living daylight out of us’.

Theodore Roosevelt in his inauguration address coined the phrase; “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.  Whether you like Mr. Roosevelt’s politics or not, he was correct with this statement.

Fear looms in different areas of out lives.  But, should it?   Do you have moments of anxiety over silly things?  GOD created the world without fear.  Before sin, there was no need of fear.  One type of fear came to man from Satan.  Satan uses these fears to control his agenda.

Do you have a fear of heights, spiders, insects, snakes, storms or things that go bump in the night?  Know there is a huge difference in having an undeserving fear of something and having a healthy respect for it.   If a poisonous rattlesnake were to crawl into your house, respect it for the damage it can do but there is no need to fear it.

There is a second type of fear.  We are told in scripture to fear GOD.  Fearing GOD is a wonderful thing.  This use of the word fear came only after the lies of Satan when man followed the devil rather than respect the laws of GOD.   This fear is a respectful fear with a clear understanding of the absolute power of our loving GOD.  Fearing GOD is understanding and respecting HIM.

Today’s prayer:  “OUR POWERFUL GOD,  Thank YOU for always being with me and protecting me even when I fear nothing but fear itself.  Help me learn and be mindful that nothing can come into my life that YOU don’t know about and how easily I can take my fears to YOU in prayer.  Amen.”