How Fear Can Help You Not Be Afraid

Brian Jakowski
3 min readFeb 28, 2023
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In 2011, we settled in Brazil’s Amazon, and it wasn’t long before our house soon became a zoo. Jekinha, an Amazonian duck, was co-dependent on Shield, our Great Dane, Shield, and followed her everywhere.

If a stray dog entered the yard, Jekinha quacked frantically as she ran and stood under Shield, her refuge. Feeling safe, Jekinha would turn and quack defiantly at the intruder.

This is a beautiful illustration of how fearing or reverencing God makes Him our refuge and fortress.

Fear Of The Lord Means To Reverence Him

Jekinha, our duck, ran to Shield, our Great Dane, and wasn’t scared. But the invading dog froze, terrified of Shield. Why did Jekinha seek refuge in what the intruder feared?

The intruding dog saw an unknown, huge, powerful, and potentially deadly foe in front of it. But Jekinha knew Shield, and while all the above was true, all she saw was her friend and safety in her shadow.

The intruding dog froze because all it saw was the potential danger because it didn’t know Shield. That’s worldly fear.

We see the fear or reverence of the Lord in Jekinha’s response. She knew her protector was powerful, potentially dangerous, but an absolutely secure place to hide.

Fearing or reverencing Lord means recognizing Him as the creator God while taking time to know Him as your daddy and friend. C.S. Louis Put it this way in the Chronicles of Narnia, ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King I tell you…”

Proverbs put it like this,

Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
and for their children, it will be a refuge.

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:26–27

We’re Under A Better Covenant

On this side of the cross, our ransom and penalty were paid by Jesus’ death.

The Veil of the temple tore (Matt. 27:51) from the top (heaven) to the bottom (earth) meaning the way is open to come into God’s presence without fear.

Because of the cross, we can make God our refuge and strong tower,

For in the day of trouble, he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred ten, I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Psalm 27:5–6

The Christian life isn’t a promise of a life free from trials, but it is a promise that Jesus your redeemer and advocate will always be your refuge.

So, be like Jekinha, our duck, and let your reverence of the Lord be your Shield, and stop being afraid of what life throws at you.

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Brian Jakowski

I’m a missionary, pastor & Freelance Writer based in Maues Am, Brazil. We teach ESL work with local tribes and I write on all things regarding faith & Family.