“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Sometimes when we look at an issue from an unusual point of view it sheds light on the all-too-familiar. As believers, we know that God tells us to trust Him and not fear. But I, for one, struggle to grasp what this really means. However, let’s look at fear for a moment from God’s point of view. He fears nothing. After all, He is God. He would have to fear Himself if there were something to fear because there is no greater power than Himself in all of existence.
In scripture we never see God express fear, though He expresses other emotions:
love, tenderness, kindness, disappointment, anger, wrath, displeasure, frustration, jealousy
God does not live in fear which is why He is:
- in control
- says what He wants (without fear of what others think)
- acts how He wants with no fear of resistance, for what could intimidate Him or what could stop Him?
Why God Does Not Fear
Love is one of the reasons fear has no place in God. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear . . . The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (I John 4:18). God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit live in a climate of perfect trust with one another. There is no hint of fear between them.
God’s sinless nature is another reason He is free of fear. Fear originated in the Garden of Eden after man sinned. I John 4:18 says, “. . . fear has to do with punishment.”
Imagine what it would be like to be as fearless and free as God?
- To be free of fear of punishment
- To be free of fearing what others think
- To be free of doubting ourselves
- To be free of fear of the future
It’s not so impossible to live closer to this ideal. Think about all the scriptures that reassure us to “not be afraid.” Why? Because if we have God, we are allowed to share in His fearlessness. We are invited to trust Him who has no reason to fear. And if He fears not, why should we? It comes down to whether we believe He is trustworthy or not.