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Proverbs 3:25 (Mini Sermon)

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25. Pro 3:25 - "Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh."
A. Be not afraid of sudden fear,
i. Sudden adj. - 1. a. Of actions, events, conditions: Happening or coming without warning or premonition; taking place or appearing all at once.
ii. Fear n. - 1. In OE.: A sudden and terrible event; peril. 2. a. The emotion of pain or uneasiness caused by the sense of impending danger, or by the prospect of some possible evil.
iii. We must not fear fear.
iv. Franklin D. Roosevelt was wrong when he said "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" in his first inaugural address.
v. The Lord is on our side, so we should not fear (Psa 118:6).
B. neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
i. Desolation n. - 1. The action of laying waste a land, etc., destroying its people, crops, and buildings, and making it unfit for habitation; utter devastation; an act or occasion of this kind.
ii. The desolation of the wicked often happens suddenly (Pro 6:12-15).
a. God destroyed the earth with a flood suddenly after waiting for 120 years.
b. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah suddenly.
c. Babylon was desolated suddenly (Isa 47:11).
d. The wicked have sudden destruction at the second coming of Christ (1Th 5:3).
e. God is longsuffering, but once the space of repentance runs out, the wicked will be destroyed suddenly (Pro 29:1).
iii. If we are living wise and godly lives, we need not worry about the sudden desolation of the wicked because the Lord will protect us from it as the next verse states.