Being afraid

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:37; Proverbs 20:4-6

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
2 Chronicles 20:3 “Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.”

The Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites became one and came against Jehoshaphat (king of Judah). The king of Judah then became afraid. This time round, he didn’t seek alliance with evil kings like Ahab; but rally the people to seek God’s help. Even though Jehoshaphat was afraid, his faith to seek God’s help seemed to be a much better thing do; for what resulted was that God routed the enemies in complete victory (ref: 2 Chronicles 20:17-24).

I observed that some Christians like to advice one another: “do not be afraid; but be of faith”. It seemed to them that being afraid is a sign of “weakness” or being faithless. Yet, is that really true? What if we are really afraid? Does being afraid means that we have no faith in God? Might not be.

Like Jehoshaphat, we can be afraid of the people or the circumstances around us. However, if such fear can turn us to seek God, it will still be considered as having faith. I am of the conviction that God is not seeking after “fearless” believers but rather believers who fear Him more than they fear the world.

Lord our God, in times of trouble or fear, help us to seek You. Help us also to be wise in our care and words for one another. Amen.