Genesis 26:7 Isaac was afraid. He envisioned the worst case scenario. He said, “they might…” or “I might…”. Even the Philistine king responded with, “One of us might…”
Fear is about the worst case scenario.
Sometimes, I’ve experienced the worst case scenario. Like the time we got the phone call that my twenty-six year old brother collapsed. It was his heart. A few days later, he was gone.
Fear is about shadows and imagination.
The peace God pours out of His storehouses for exceeds my imagination, my comprehension … and my need. I’ve experienced that too.
Fear steals joy and security.
In verses 3-5, God assured Isaac that He would bless him. In another moment, fear made him forget God’s presence, God’s providence and God’s protection.
Sometimes, fear goes by an alias – worry, anxiety, stress, doubt, insecurity … No matter what it’s called, fear doesn’t come from God. It causes disorder and confusion, neither of which is consistent with His character.
We don’t have to dwell in a worst-case scenario. Instead, God gives power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). A sound mind – confident, right-thinking, not fearful.