(Proverbs 3:25 KJV) Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
God always seems to need to remind us to not be “afraid” (3372a). Angels, when they appear seem to start off with the assurance. It is a scary thing to come into the presence of God or his servants.
Yet we are not to fear.
I think the warning here is for misplaced fear. We live in an age of terrorism. The point of terrorism is to keep us on edge and wear us down with worry. We can become afraid to go shopping because a bomb might go off. We can be afraid to fly, sleep, drive or go to the beach. God is reminding us that we need to relax and enjoy Him and life.
Does that mean everything will be eclairs and feather pillows? No. Joseph was thrown in a pit and prison. He was also the second man in Egypt. I remember an earthquake that hit at the beginning of a school day. I remember stepping into a doorway and watching the building flex above me. It was kind of fun. At the end of a day another teacher was still in terror at the event. She had run out and left her stuff in the building and was still afraid to go back for it. I had no problem doing it for her. She allowed fear to control her. Of course some people would have though me a fool.
So? Don’t ignore the red light on the dash board of your car. At the same time don’t cause an accident for those around you when it happens.