But there are times when fear itself breeds more fear and grips us to the extent of ruling our lives.
Few of us are really immune to it.
Because all these fears outlined above, and others besides not mentioned here, have actually happened to others and can very well happen to us.
One day we are living our lives happily and the next ... a quick change in circumstances can easily propel us into any of the fearful scenarios described above.
Christ taught us not to be afraid. That our God loves us. He cares for us. He will not let us perish. He is always by our side.
Yet ... these fearful events are real and have happened to others, those who love and obey God, and those who don't; and can so easily happen to us. So we feel, perhaps, that our fears are justified.
Until we consider, for a moment or two, how God feels about our so-called justified fears.
Isn't our fear, justified as it might be, a sign that we don't truly trust Him? A real profession of faith that, when it comes down to it, we don't really trust Him? Somehow, somewhere, in the back of our minds, we harbour that doubt, that worry, that when things will go bad for us, as they will inevitably be for some of us, we don't really trust Him enough to be by our side in our moment of need.
Now how do you think God feels about your lack of trust in Him?
We may not be able to help these fears when they attack our minds, perhaps sub-consciously, but we can fight against them with prayer. Real prayer. Through gritted teeth even. Admitting to God that we are fearful and yet, trying, through every fibre of our being to trust in Him, in His love and in His caring.
Fear will try to grip us all. It is how we handle it that is our salvation. And with His grace and help we will succeed.