The list of phobias in this world is long, at times amusing and at times scary. Let me share with you some of my favorites:
Triskadekaphobia- the fear of the number thirteen (if you screamed when you read that line, you know exactly what triskadekaphobia is). Not to be confused with:
Paraskavedekatriaphobia- the fear of Friday the thirteenth.
Peladophobia- the fear of bald people.
Omphalophobia- the fear of belly buttons (getting dressed every morning has to be a real nightmare).
Alektorophobia- the fear of chickens
Pteronophobia- the fear of being tickled by feathers.
Aulophobia- the fear of flutes.
Arachibutyrophobia- the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
Homilophobia- the fear of sermons.
And my favorite phobia of all time, discovered by no lesser psychologist than the eminent Gary Larson: Luposlipophobia- the fear of being chased around a kitchen table by wolves while wearing socks on a freshly waxed floor.
The full list of possible phobias runs well over 500 distinct fears. The size of that list attests to the serious and pervasive nature of fear in man. All of us face fears and all are affected differently by fear. Most of us probably do not have a fear that is deep seated enough to be considered a phobia, but we all deal with scary things on a daily basis. Whether it be from the news, our circumstances or our own minds, we frequently face the issue of fear. As Christians, the simple truth is there is no need to fear anything. Living in that truth is not always so simple, but that doesn’t change the truth in the least. David lived under constant dangers, pursuit and pressures. Throughout his life he faced powerful enemies and at times severe opposition. David had many reasons to fear- fear of death, suffering, loss and rejection. Instead of living in fear, we have from David some of the greatest verses of confidence and conquest. This is true because David knew God. David was a student of God’s character, he knew what God had revealed about Himself in His Word. David had learned, both through study and experience, that God was dependable. He knew God would perform all he promised. David was bold, fearless, because He knew and trusted God. We fear when we do not trust God. We face failure when we expect God to do that which He has not promised. We fear when we do not know our God. We fear when have not endured through trials and seen God’s mighty hand working. We can be as David and live without fear when we know God and trust Him to do all that He has promised.
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A worthwhile article to read in conjunction with this is A Good Reason to leave God?