Fear Is the Substance of Things Not Hoped For
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. 26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came. Job 3:25-26 KJV
When your life is continually filled with words of fear rather than words of faith (Job 1:4-5), the words of your mouth digs a deep pit that you will fall into. Fear breaks God’s hedge of protection about your life; and, when the hedge is broken the “serpent” (Satan) will bite you (Eccl. 10:8). God placed a hedge of protection about Job. God protected Job’s property, possessions, prosperity, people, and his person (his healthy) but Job broke the hedge with words of fear. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for” . . . but fear is the substance of things not hoped for.
Your words of fear empower Satan, who is otherwise powerless outside of his role as an accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10; 1 Peter 5:8). Job–“a perfect and upright man”– lived continuously in fear because of his children. He never casted the care of his children on the Lord (1 Peter 5:7); therefore, God allowed Satan to test Job’s faith and integrity. Because of fear, Satan destroyed Job’s property, possessions, and prosperity. Job’s fear broke God hedge of protection. The proof of this is: God said to Satan, “all that he has is in thy power” (Job 1:12). And, afterwards Job worshipped God and maintained his integrity notwithstanding the lost of his great substance. Satan appeared before God again and sought permission to attack Job’s very health, and God reminded Satan that, “he is in thine hand; but save his life” (Job 2:6). God didn’t put Job’s substance in Satan’s hands; neither did God put Job’s health in Satan’s hands—Job did it all with his words of fear (Job 1:6-12, 20; 2:1-6). Because of Job’s fear, the Living Bible says that God told Satan, “you persuaded me to let you harm him without any cause” (Job 2:3).
When the hedge is broken and the “serpent” bites you, don’t blame God for the work of Satan. For example, the second messenger who brought bad news to Job blamed God saying, “the fire of God is fallen from heaven” and killed your sheep and servants (Job 1:16). After the fourth messenger told Job that all of his ten children had been killed, Job said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Although Job didn’t blame God for any wrongdoing, but speaking out of his grief, pain and suffering he attributed his total lost to God’s will (Job 1:21-22).
Did God take anything away from Job? It is true that Job said it, but what Job said was not the truth! I know you’re probably saying: it’s in the Bible that God gives and takes away. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, but all Scripture is not inspired of God. There are numerous examples of things truly said and done and recorded, by inspiration, in the Bible but not necessarily inspired of God (2 Tim. 3:16). All scripture is not inspired of God. Words of fear are not inspired of God. Fear breaks the hedge and it is the substance of things not hoped for!