Summary: One way we can overlook the fears we face is by looking to God and his salvation ("Yeshua"/Jesus) instead.
1. “Here Be Monsters”
In the British Museum in London, there is an old mariner’s chart drawn in 1525 outlining the North American coastline. The cartographer who created the map did so from information gleaned from ocean-going crews of the day. There were notations on where reefs might be, and where the best harbors could be found. But there were certain sections that were relatively blank. And in those sections were notations like the following:
* "Here be giants!"
* "Here be fiery scorpions!"
* "Here be dragons."
In other words: “Here be monsters”
Ever since man has gone out on the water in boats, seafarers have always been just a little afraid of the unknown, the unseen and the uncontrollable. And they felt fear.
2. Fear is something we contend with.
3. DL Moody was in a discussion with a woman and she told him that she had found a verse to help her when she was afraid – Psalm 56.3
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
He responded that he had a better verse that keeps him from being afraid – Isaiah 12.2
“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
4. Consider Fear and God’s Antidote
I. Fear’s Comparisons
A. Some Fear is Positive –
1. One can keep us from harm [Busy streets; unhealthy activities; electric outlets. . . .
2. One can teach us respect for God – Proverbs 1.7
3. One Gains Benefit
26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14.26-27
B. Some Fear is Paralyzing
• “Fear Not” – 365 times in Bible
a. Angels to Shepherds – Luke 2.10
b. Yeshua (Jesus) to Jairus – Fear Not, only believe – Mark 5.35-36
c. Lord to Paul when threatened – Fear Not – Acts 18.9-11
II. Fear’s Causes
A. Guilty Consciences
Shakespeare: “Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
1. Adam and Eve – Hiding for fear – Genesis 3.10
2. Fear of disapproval; punishment; Loss
1. Children and fear of storms/dark
One summer night during a severe thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small son into bed. She was about to turn the light off when he asked in a trembling voice, "Mommy, will you stay with me all night?" Smiling, the mother gave him a warm, reassuring hug and said tenderly, "I can’t dear. I have to sleep in Daddy’s room." A long silence followed. At last it was broken by a shaky voice saying, "The big baby!"
2. Adults -- unknown
C. Our Weaknesses
1. 1 Talent man – Matthew 25.24-25
24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’