Dominion over Fear

THE tendency of fear is always to enslave mankind. It is the source of most of our woes and discords. Job said, "The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me." And human history has illustrated the truth of Job's words. But we also read in the Bible, "Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." To be "quiet from fear of evil" is indeed a blessing; but until the advent of Christian Science this ideal was not thought possible of achievement. Yet the Scriptures say, "Be not afraid."

A study of the Bible makes us acquainted with many noble characters who proved their dominion over fear in the face of what seemed hopeless danger. Perhaps no more terrifying experience ever confronted anyone than that of the three Hebrews who were cast into the fiery furnace because of their loyalty to the one true God. Through their sublime faith in God they reversed the evidence of the physical senses which testified of danger and death, and gained a clear consciousness of true being, for they manifested no fear. To King Nebuchadnezzar and his men such courage and faith in the face of apparently hopeless danger must have seemed foolhardy; but their deliverance proved that, whatever evidence the physical senses present, they who depend upon God have nothing to fear.

When the children of Israel, fleeing from Egypt, came to the Red Sea with the soldiers of Pharaoh in close pursuit, their capture seemed certain. There seemed to be no escape. But Moses said to them, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day." Then followed their wonderful deliverance in the face of overwhelming difficulties. Truly, those who understandingly rely on God need have no fear.

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January 11, 1936

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