One reason we shouldn’t listen to our fears is because they lie. Fear not only fails to accurately predict the future, it also tells lies about the Word and the character of God.
Fear says: God won’t come through for you and your children. God doesn’t care about the nitty-gritty problems of your relationship. You’ve messed things up too badly this time. Your child’s problem is too big. They are too far gone. There is no hope.
Fear dares to suggest a future without God. Fear challenges the sovereignty of God, questions His wisdom, doubts His love and mercy, defies His Word.
“But my fears feel so real.” I once complained to a wise pastor’s wife. “I know” she replied, “They wouldn’t be good lies if they didn’t feel true.”
Which is why we must never rely on our feelings as a litmus test for truth. “I am determined” said Mr. Spurgeon, “that if all my senses contradict God, I would rather deny every one of them than believe that God could lie.”
Every time we are tempted to fear, we have a choice. We must choose between believing our own fickle, sinful, “sense” or God’s faithful, righteous Word. If we trust our fears, we are calling God a liar.
That’s one very good reason to stop listening to ourselves.