The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears — Montaigne
I am not a big fan of using the word suffering. It seems to be overused and exaggerated. However, today’s passage rings true. Perhaps we can use a different word but if we fear something it in some ways controls us. If I fear that I have an unknown health issue, for example, then that fear consumes my existence and health. If I fear the loss of someone close to me, then I am already losing that individual. There are a million examples. The psalmists ask God not to eliminate their problems but to take away for their fears for a reason. Jesus says, ” Fear not.” for a reason.
This Lent let us concentrate on the elimination of our fears not our problems. Talk to God about those fears and God will ease them.