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Fear

Since my classes are done, I’ve had a lot of free time. And lately, I have been watching Fear Factor on Hulu. It’s one of the most bizarre shows that I have ever seen. The premise of the show is that they take six people 3 men and 3 women and they have three events. The first event is normally a “mild” one that typically gets the adrenaline going for the contestants. The second is normally a nasty one where they have to eat Beatles or lay in a bed of worms or snakes. Things like that. Then the third is normally the extreme. Most of the time it has to do with heights. Now heights don’t really scare me all that much, but still, if I was walking across a 6-inch wide beam and having to walk from one building top to the other, I might be a little nervous. Just a little. But This show got me thinking. What do I fear? Why do I fear? And should I fear?

The first thing that came to my mind is the evil powers of this world. I fear ending up alone. I fear losing my family and my friends. I fear failing. I fear that I am not good enough. And I am sure that there are millions of other things that I could come up with that I personally fear. Maybe yours are similar or completely different. But we all fear something. The next question, "why do I fear," is a little more complicated. Honestly, besides our world being broken and full of sin because of our own fault, I can’t really come up with a reason. So should we fear? The Bible tells us in Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” God tells us not to fear! Nothing can stand against our God. No demon. No false idols. No person. No animal. And no Fear Factor event. Our God will always be with us encouraging us and by our side every minute that we are on this earth and off it.


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