Remember when we talked about how many Christians reverted to Jewish ways? How even we sometimes go back to old ways? It is more comfortable. Well here in John chapter 9, the parents refused to answer because of their fear.
22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
Do we respond to circumstances out of fear? Not to sound repetitious, but that is just ole’ Satan wanting to keep you stuck. When we respond out of fear, we respond from a position of weakness. We are to be bold, courageous. Joshua 1:9:
9″Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Just think of how many times Jesus said do not fear. I know that some researchers say as many as 65 times. Jesus reminded his disciples to fear not. Not always those precise words. And there is a difference between fear and worry. Fear is paralyzing. Worry is more feeling anxious, it is not necessarily paralyzing, but it will slow you down. When we are afraid, we do not take action. When we are worried we move forward, just slowly. Don’t get me wrong; in certain situations a certain amount of fear is good. It will keep you alive, I am sure even Audie Murphy experienced a bit of fear. He is best known for running up a hill and taking out a Nazi machine gun nest in WW 2. One of the most prestigious awards is called the Audie Murphy award. Despite his heroic act of charging a hill being fired upon from a machine gun nest, I am sure he felt fear.
But we are to live life without fear. Trusting in the LORD, to be there, to fight for us, to live.