The Fear Factor – Lent week 2
It seems there are some people who thrive on fear. There is a whole genre of movies capitalizing on the human response to fear. Just look at the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead and one thing is clear: people love a good scare.
Some like the thrill of extreme sports, like skydiving or bungee jumping while others, like me, just need a good coaster ride to give us that sense of danger which brings with it the rush of adrenaline. There is nothing quite like the fear brought on by the ground rushing up at you at high speed to give you the feeling that you are truly alive!
But what about when the danger is real? It is all fun and games when the environment is controlled and the safeties and harnesses are good and tight. But, as the saying goes, “life is like walking a tightrope without a net.” There are no safety nets and you can’t just go turn off the “dvd of life” when it gets to the scary parts. And life can be scary!
Almost everyone I know has some kind of fear, worry or anxiety. Will there be enough money? Will I have a job? Will my kids be alright? And the list goes on and on and on… One of the passages traditionally read during the second week of Lent has something profound to say about this condition. It is found in the 27th chapter of the book of Psalms in the Old Testament.
Psalm 27:1-3 – The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? 2 When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
According to this scripture, knowing the Lord is on your side is a great comfort and gives one confidence even in the face of people who want to try and bring you down or cause you harm.
Lent is also a time to prepare to celebrate our Lord’s miraculous resurrection, which is the evidence that He has overcome death, the very thing people fear most. Talk about The Walking Dead! So, if the Lord is your God what do you have to fear? For real.