So yesterday I said this

Half of all fears are really the fear of the unknown. Get over the unknown and you get over the fear.

So what’s the other half of all fears?

Easy: Fear of the known.

I don’t fear stepping on a rattlesnake because I don’t know what a rattlesnake may do. I fear stepping on one because I know precisely what it will do: it will bite me and possibly kill me.

I’ve never been bitten by one, yet I know what could happen. My fear is not based on experience: It’s based on knowledge.

So what are you afraid of? Death?

Maybe you are afraid of it because you know what death can bring:

…the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

Luke 16:22b-24

Death, if you are not prepared for it, can bring eternal separation. It can bring endless agony.

That’s worth being afraid of.

But you don’t have to be afraid of it. Because you don’t have to be unprepared for it.

Get right with God and you’ll never have to fear it again.