Seventy years ago, on
March 13, 1943, Norman Rockwell's "Freedom from Want" appeared on the cover of
The Saturday Evening Post.
World War II, President Roosevelt declared Four Freedoms he felt were
fundamental to humanity: freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from fear
and want. Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings were made into posters for the US
Second War Loan Drive in April 1943.
Seventy years ago, the world was a fearsome place. Nazi Germany controlled most
of western continental Europe and
militarist Japan had conquered most of southeast Asia and the Pacific islands.
Within a few
years, the governments that had caused so much fear and death were toppled. The
external triggers of fear were removed - but did fear disappear?
human mind is inclined to fear. This can benefit us as we imagine possible
dangers and protect ourselves. A healthy amount of fear motivates us to do our
best work on the job, to fasten our seatbelts, to vaccinate our children, to
save for the future, and to brush and floss.
But fear has a tendency to
worm inside, make itself at home, and spread its poison. Fear of ridicule can
keep us from doing the right thing. Fear of failure - or success - can paralyze
us at work. Fear of being hurt can impede true friendship and love. Fear of
whatever threat is popular on the internet this week can disrupt our
This is no way to live. The most common command in the Bible is
"Do not fear!" God wants us to trust Him completely, and fear is a lack of
trust. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a
spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." We should let His perfect love
drive out fear (1 John 4:18) and live in the freedom God desires for
How does the Lord help you find true freedom from fear?
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