Job 9:28-29 NKJV I am afraid of all my sufferings; I know that You will not hold me innocent. (29) If I am condemned, Why then do I labor in vain?
Job isn’t a great book to adopt your Theology from, but there is much one can glean when reading in the right light. Job had experienced great loss like few have ever seen and was still experiencing immense personal pain physically through horrible boils and illness, emotionally in the debilitating grief for the death of his children and many beloved servants, and mentally through the anguish and torment of fear. One might think there would be an odd relief after all your fears have come upon you and been realized (Job 3:25), but that isn’t the end of fear. Fear does not stop merely because you experience what you’ve feared. No, it resides and amplifies in that now you’ve had real context to “validate” your fear. Job now was tormented by the fears that they would continue, increase and he’d never have relief from his grief. In Job 21:6 we get a better glimpse at the depth of his fear when Job says, “Even when I remember I am terrified, And trembling takes hold of my flesh.” The mental and emotional anguish Job experienced were horrible, but the ongoing torment of fear was even worse.
What was it that held Job in bondage to his fears and kept him in a perpetual cycle of pain and dread? The answer is simple. He did not see that there was a way out. He believed that God was against him, so there was no bother in even trying because no matter what happened he would be found guilty. Job could not obtain peace or freedom from his fears until he realized that God was not against him. Job was right in one thing though… If God is against you, then you do indeed labor in vain. However, he was wrong to thing that God was against him. And if you think he is against you, you’ll be bound by the same hopelessness that Job was and remain in bondage to your fears.
God is for you. Since God is for you there is nothing that can be against you (Romans 8:31). Job’s ignorance to how God saw him kept him in bondage to his fears, but we don’t have to be. You are not condemned.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Once Job realized that God wasn’t against him and repented of his pride and hard heart, he received relief from his fears. When he realized he wasn’t held under condemnation by a capricious God he was freed from the bondage of his fears. If you are in Christ Jesus (that is a Believer in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and made him your Lord), then you are not under condemnation and can walk free from fear. God is for you and not against you. If there is any condemnation holding you in fear it is coming from the devil or from you, but it is certainly not coming from God. If you need to repent, repent. If you need to forgive, forgive. The sense of condemnation is what is holding you in fear. God is not holding you in condemnation. Free yourself from that notion and you can be freed from the bondage of fear. God has not given you a spirit of fear. FEAR NOT!
2Timothy 1:7 NKJV For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.