This Friday, Dec. 13, is actually the second of such notorious days in the ominous year 2013. Unfortunately Friday, the 13th, has become a day that some react to in a negative way. Some even have an abnormal fear of Friday, the 13th, actually expressed in the psychological term paraskevidekatriaphobia. While not everyone harbors an ungrounded fear of Friday, the 13th, one cannot deny that fear seems to abound during these intense times.
Recognizably, fear is a common and natural emotional response to potential danger, but if not properly addressed, it can become a deadly emotion with serious consequences. Excessive fear can become crippling and impact daily lives in a negative way. Unbridled fear is a toxic emotion that can run rampant to limit and inhibit.
The Scriptures address the issue of fear with numerous reminders that believers are not to fear. The comforting exhortation to “fear not” or “do not fear” occurs 365 times in the Bible, indicating a daily memo from God to have no fear.
Isaiah 41:10, 13 also offers great encouragement:
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
Christians are to be bold and take courage, not just on Friday, the 13th but every day of their lives. Friday, the 13th, is just another reminder to put on “no fear gear” and walk in the love of God which casts out all fear.
During this time, one can also take a look at the number 13 with a different view. It is generally regarded as a number of rebellion and disorder, as Bible scholar E.W. Bullinger in his book Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, comments:
Hence every occurrence of the number thirteen, and likewise of every multiple of it, stamps that with which it stands in connection with rebellion, apostasy, defection, corruption, disintegration, revolution, or some kindred idea.
One also recognizes, however, that 13 can also be seen as a transitional number, occurring between 12—representing governmental order and 14—representing spiritual perfection—established or doubled. This is particularly noteworthy as the world moves from the year 2013 into 2014.
For more information regarding the religious origins of Friday, the 13th, click here.