God is worthy of your reverence.
Your current fear is not.
The phrase "DO NOT BE AFRAID" is used 166 times in Scripture, but it's so much more than just some command not to feel "scared."
The Hebrew word for "afraid" is yare' meaning dread and reverence.
Yes, we show reverence to our fears. We carve out spots in our minds and spaces in our hearts and let the very things we dread take up residence in us.
And THAT is what we're being commanded--all over the Word--not to do.
That thing that keeps you up at night? Stop showing it reverence. Yank it down off the pedestal in your mind and quit giving it a place in your heart. Your biggest worry? It doesn't get to have your full attention anymore. Stop allowing it to find an audience with you.
Reverence is reserved for the Holy of Holies, for the Only Wise God. He is deserving. So very worthy.
Which is why we need to stop shoving Him off the throne to make room for our fears.
Time to be irreverent.
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid.
* What's the fear that has your full attention right now? What would it look like to stop showing it reverence?