Recently, I heard an economist describe the general mood of Americans in these words: “There is a general fear of falling. Some fear they are one step away from a divorce, one step away from bankruptcy, one step away from a nervous breakdown”.
I believe there is an underlying truth to what this economist said. Many people seem afraid to even lift a finger to do anything because of fear.
This kind of fear reminds me of when you are half asleep and continue jerking awake because you think you are falling. It keeps us from truly resting because we are waiting for the other proverbial “shoe to drop”.
Many things can cause fear. My imagination, guilt from doing something wrong, fear of the future, past failure, a tragic event. These are natural fears that occur because we are human.
We also know that satan does his work in the fear department. He can influence thoughts, cause irrational emotions, and paint the bleakest picture imaginable. However, we as God’s children were never meant to live in fear.
Whatever shape your fear takes is not important, but the source you turn to for help is.
The Psalmist said it best:
I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1–2 (NRSV)
Notice that he looks above and beyond himself and the reality of his own circumstance and to God.
He realizes that the source to turn to is not himself, but God.
If you are struggling with the “fear of falling”, it is important that you look up beyond yourself and your circumstance and wait for God until He comes. Only He can keep you from giving in to the culture of fear we find today.