Should I ever be afraid?


So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10
For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.  Isaiah 41:13
            No.  There are moments when we should be cautious, mindfully thinking and preparing for what’s next.  There are moments when we should run from danger, protecting ourselves and others. 
            But if we believe God is who he says he is, then no, we should not be overcome with a paralyzing fear that overwhelms our thoughts.
            Yes, we should be concerned about thing, but not worried.  Yes, we should be sad but not grief-stricken.  When people live with fear they are saying that they believe the thing they fear controls their life and has power over them.  God has all power and all control.  To live a fearless life is to live a confident life knowing who holds your life.