CNN reported today, "A confidential report on safety conditions aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, conducted about one month before the rig's explosion, points to widespread fear of reprisal for reporting employee mistakes that could undermine safety aboard the rig."
Fear is powerful. It may be the worst four-letter word. We have all experienced it. Maybe even today. Hear what God says…
God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 (NIV)
God is love. 1 John 4:16b (NIV)
Succumbing to fear leads us to believe that God is puny. Punier than that which we fear. God is great. We may not be able to handle our fear but God can. Following fear leads to disaster.
Name your fear. Go ahead. Name it. God wants it. It belongs to him. He will deal with it and raise you.