Fear Makes You Sloppy

2 Samuel 4:4 NKJV  Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel; and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.

Abner, the commander of Saul’s armies, who had been working with David to re-unite all of Israel together under David’s leadership was murdered by David’s general Joab because of resentment and out of revenge for the loss of Joab’s brother whom Abner had killed on the battle field.  Word of Abner’s murder spreads and those who had close ties to Saul’s family all became very frightful that David ordered the killing and they would be next, or that perhaps since Abner was now out of the way the Philistines would exact their own revenge against Saul in the destroying of his family.  The deadly contagion of fear spread to the nursemaid of a five year old boy, Mephibosheth, who was the grandson of Saul.  Consumed with fear, she threw together some linens, grabbed the child and ran for both their lives.  In her fear induced panic, she stumbled and dropped her precious package possibly causing spinal damage or horribly dislocating and breaking his legs leaving him lame.

The reality was that neither she nor Mephibosheth were in any danger.  David had not ordered the hit on Abner and only sought after the best for the family of his covenant friend Jonathon.  The fear this woman faced is clearly evident in her dropping the young lad.  This woman who had most likely been with Mephibosheth tending to him, comforting him, rocking him to sleep, changing him, cleaning him, burping him, playing “peek-a-boo” with him, laughing with him, and holding him tight the past five years, who loved him as her own, now carelessly mishandles him and cripples him for life.  Fear causes people to make poor decisions.  Fear makes us sloppy.

When fear grabs a hold of us and panic begins to set in we are in prime position to make a poor choice or simply accidentally make a horrible mistake we would otherwise never make.  To combat this fear we need faith.  We need a confidence in God’s Word based on His promises, understanding His nature, and knowing our relationship/covenant with Him.  When we understand who we are In Him, are convinced that He is the unchangeable/un-liable God who cares for us, and that has said again and again in His Word that He is for us, we can remain calm in fearful situations.  Even though the situation may look bleak, we have a faith and surety in our confidence that God will see us through.

Here is a brief list of some Scriptures that address our position In Him, His promises, and His nature.  Spend some time meditating on them and FEAR NOT!

Titus 1:2, James 1:17, 1 John 4:8,16, Acts 17:28, John 15:5,7, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Romans 8:16, Romans 2:4, Romans 8:31, John 3:16-19, Romans 8:1, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Romans 5:17, Colossians 1:13-14, Psalm 23, Psalm 91, Matthew 8:17, Romans 8:2, 1 John 4:4, 1 John 1:5, Ephesians 1:3


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