What dominant force is initiating and moving you forward?

How do we overcome and mute our fears? We can begin by changing our understanding and our perception of what fear is.

“Is this thing on!”, my nephew said as he tapped on the microphone and began his joke telling act for his middle school talent show. I smiled as my nephew, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, began reading from his notepad silly, corny jokes. “Why did the music teacher need a ladder? …To reach the high notes,” the audience chuckled, and I gazed on in wonderment at my handsome, special-needs nephew who looked powerful, strong and FEARLESS.

Studies have shown that children with autism have “muted fears”. They show less fear when confronted with something scary and will often run into traffic or deep bodies of water such as what my nephew did at a young age on his very first visit to the beach.

When Yaweh put into us His Spirit, His breath of life (ruach), He did not breathe into us timidity, cowardice or fear (deilía Strong #1167). “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” 2 Timothy 1:7

Then how do we overcome and mute our fears? We can begin by changing our understanding and our perception of what fear is.

The Hebrew word for fear is YARAH, spelled Hebraically “yud”,” resh”, “hey”.

Yud - has the meaning of work, make and throw; the functions of the hand

Resh - has the meanings of "head" and "man" as well as "chief," "top," "beginning" and "first," each of which are the "head" of something

Hey - has the meaning of behold, look, breath, sigh, reveal and revelation from the idea of revealing a great sight by pointing it out.

Yarah/Fear can be understood as a forward movement (being thrown) in compliance by something greater than ourselves, a certain movement initiated by a dominant force which can be revealed by following it back to its source. Yarah/fear is an active, responsive state, not a passive emotion.

So, to what are we responding? What dominant force is initiating and moving you forward?

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord will be exalted and safe. Proverbs 29:25

To find out what is moving you, you must “sit” in it, seeking Yahweh and His perspective, for He is our help and strength. (Psalm 27).

The End of the Matter

The fear (yirah) of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

The word for fear - YIRAH - in this verse is derived from the verb yarah. The Hebrew for "fear of the LORD" is written with two nouns, “yirat Yahweh”, forming one concept. In this Hebrew construct state, "yirah" become "yirat" and the first noun belongs to the second noun. Thus, “yirat Yaweh” is the Lord’s fear; a fear belonging only to the Lord. It the starting point, “the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight” (Proverbs 9:10)

“Yirah includes the idea of wonder, amazement, mystery, astonishment, gratitude, admiration, and even worship. The “fear of the Lord” therefore includes an overwhelming sense of glory, worth and beauty of the One True God.” 1

When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person. Ecc. 12:13