What are you afraid of? Death? Being found out a fraud? Confrontations? Spiders? The new Batman Trilogy is an excellent exploration of fear. There is a scene in The Dark Knight Rises, where Bruce Wayne is being confronted about his lack of fear. He is proud that he doesn’t fear death. The doctor he is conversing with sees this as a weakness. If Bruce can’t fear death then how can he value life?
As I have thought about it I have come to the conclusion that most of us, if not all of us, fear something, and that those who claim they don’t are either deluded or afraid of fear itself. It is worth pointing out that fear is not a totally bad thing. Fear can protect us from dangerous situations, it can cause adrenalin to flood our bodies. Without fear we cannot have notions like bravery or courage. But fear can get out of hand, we can can become chained to the things we fear, desperate to defeat them but never quite getting the monkey off our back.
Psalm 111:10 ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.’
The Bible tells us that fearing God is the beginning of wisdom. In our day and age fearing God isn’t popular. We like all the nice sides of God but the fact that we might have reason to fear God doesn’t sit well. But if I am right, and we all fear something, then what better ‘thing’ to fear than God? A God who sets us free, who tells us to be brave and courageous, and who walks every step of the way with us?