“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
‘Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.’
So we say with confidence,
‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5-6
The connection between “the love of money” and the constant presence and help of God in the face of fear seems a little random at first. However, when we look a little deeper we see that in many cases these are very related.
“Fear not, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10-11
Scripture is filled with the command to God’s people not to be afraid. It may be phrased in different ways and the reasons given why we are not to fear may be slightly different, but the message is the same.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.” – Psalm 34:4-6
What is our first reaction when troubled by fears? When we start to worry about the future or about challenges we are facing, what do we do?
Do we allow those fears to linger in our mind? Do we think through what could go wrong and what might happen if it does?
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” – Proverbs 29:25
A snare is a trap. It entangles its victim and doesn’t allow it to move. Usually traps are made to be difficult to detect and trigger unexpectedly. They may also use some sort of bait that is appealing and will draw their quarry into the trap. Think about pits dug into the ground covered with branches or even mouse traps baited with cheese or peanut butter. You may not notice it easily or it might look good for a moment, but ultimately we end up stuck.