“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon” (Job 3:25).
God never gives fear to his children. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7)
Satan always inflicts fear on the child of God before attacking it. Fear brings doubt and disbelief in a person. It makes one lose faith in God. After this, it becomes very easy for satan to overcome the believer.
Just see the lion in the forest. When it wants to catch hold of any of the other animals, it will roar terribly. All the animals in the forest will be frightened at the noise, run helter shelter in the forest and in the end assemble in the entrance of the cave where the lion stays, just making it easy for the lion to capture the prey. Satan too brings the spirit of fear among the people as he walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
The following is the trick satan made in the life of Job to overcome him and to bring losses in his family. Firstly, he brought fear to Job. Then he stood on the throne of God, spoke against Job and sought permission to test Job. In the end, Job said sadly, “…..for the thing I greatly feared has come upon me and what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes” (Job 3:25, 26).
You may also get the thoughts of fear. When thoughts like whether you may fall down instead of standing steadfast in God or the sin may overcome you, look at the grace of God. Then condemn the spirit of fear in the name of Jesus. Never give place to them. David says, “I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalms 34:4).
Dreadful situations and situations in which you may lament “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” may come to you. Job also faced such situations. “Look, I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him” (Job 23:8).
Even then, dear children of God, God knows the path in which you go. Definitely, you will shine like gold after all the trials come to an end. The latter days of Job were greater than his beginning. The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had lost. God will bless you also similarly. The sufferings of today can in no way match the glory which reveals in you from now on.
To meditate: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).