Henry D. Thoreau said (in his Journal), “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear,” and Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1933 Inaugural Address, in an effort to bolster the spirits of the American people, said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Michel Montaigne says:
The thing I most fear is fear. . . . Those who have been well drubbed in some battle, and who are still wounded and bloody, you can perfectly well bring them back to the charge the next day. But those who have conceived a healthy fear of the enemy, you would never get them to look him in the face. . . . And so many people who, unable to endure the pangs of fear, have hanged themselves . . . have taught us well that fear is even more unwelcome and unbearable than death itself.
Francis Bacon also said, “Nothing is terrible but fear itself.” Fear is the inner enemy. A man with fortitude will not be shaken, whereas a parson who is fearful will suffer much by these changes. (Referring to losses in life of fortune).
It’s really interesting in particular, that Sir Bacon, a 15th century philosopher made this observance. Basically that when a man puts his trust in money, (fortune), he will suffer due to fear.
Because his trust was in fortune, (money). When your trust is in God, and not in money, the trials in life will cause you to persevere with fortitude, regardless.
You cannot serve God and money. You will love one and hate the other.