There is a slow, steady fear that tries to stay with us throughout our day-to-day lives. This fear’s goal is to convince us that we’ll never achieve our dreams, never overcome our problems and spend the rest of our lives stuck exactly where we are right now. This fear is the quiet voice of insecurity that keeps us from stepping out of our comfort zones.
“Do not be afraid of sudden fear, Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes,” (Proverbs 3:25 NASB).
This kind of fear is unexpected. It brings alarm and shock to our lives. Sudden fear often comes in the form of negative reports from the doctor, getting fired from our job, bad news about our family, etc. It catches us off guard and tries to elicit an emotional response from us.
The devil uses this kind of fear to blindside us. He hopes that he’s going to catch us with our guard down and throw us into a downward spiral of anger, frustration and depression.
The natural, human tendency in these situations is to think of every possible destructive outcome. Our imagination wants to run wild, creating scenarios in our head that haven’t happened yet, and may never happen. However, once we think of one that seems logical, even if only slightly, we latch onto it, foster it and place our faith in it.
This is the devil’s strategy when he throws sudden fear at our lives.
He wants us to respond naturally with exaggerated negative thoughts and emotions, because they will open the door to further attack.
What we’re actually doing when we react this way is taking a step back in our faith. This allows the enemy to advance in our life. We are shrinking back in intimidation while the devil puffs himself up to seem much more powerful than he is. One sudden attack can lead to an onslaught, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Proverbs 3:25 tells us to not be afraid of sudden fear or of an onslaught and the next verse tells us why:
“Because God will be right there with you; He’ll keep you safe and sound,” (Proverbs 3:26 The Message).
The enemy’s goal with sudden fear is ultimately to make us forget that God is always with us.
When sudden fear attempts to blindside us we need to remind ourselves of Hebrews 10:39, “But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.” As soon as we come into agreement with this verse we stop placing our faith in the words of men and place it on the Word of God. This removes all power from the sudden fear.
We need to know that at some point we’re all going to receive bad news about something or someone. This should not cause us to fall apart and forget that we are sons and daughters of an all-powerful God. We should look at these situations as opportunities for God to show His power and love in our lives.