There is a character in the classic work Don Quixote named Pancho Sanchez. Pancho Sanchez hangs in fear from the ledge of a window all night long, too frightened to let go. When morning dawns he discovers his toes are only an inch off the ground. Then there is Simon Peter climbing out of the boat trying to imitate his Lord by walking on the water. Then, like so many, he makes the mistake of looking around. “What in the world am I doing?” he might have asked himself and suddenly he begins to sink.
How often that happens in life. People are charting a successful course in their business, in their marriage, in their walk with Christ, and then they begin to listen to their fears. “What if I fail? What if the market fails? What if my faith is misplaced?” and they begin slowly to sink.
How do we control our fear? First, we need faith, and faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17) – hearing in the sense of heeding its instruction. Secondly, we need to realize the Lord’s providential help – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13; NKJ). “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31; ESV). Thirdly, we need love. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1 Jn. 4:18; ESV), and remember, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15).
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