Ironically, FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is fear that will cause you to miss out. FOMO will cause us to sacrifice things out of God’s timing or never supposed to be sacrificed so that we won’t miss out on something that wasn’t important anyways.
As we read in 1 Samuel, Saul is like all my iPhone fans that will camp out all night to get a phone that will be available all year.
Or maybe you’ve been waiting to get married for years (pretending) because you have a Fear of marrying the wrong person. That’s classic FOMO!
Do you want to have FOMO or be fearless?
The difference between FOMO and Fearless is knowing that your life is in God’s hands. Fear causes you to make ways for yourself in the face of Jesus saying, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) FOMO is the feeling of pressure and anxiety over the things that might possibly happen now. Saul even gave up on the promises of God and started making decisions based on what might happen, not on what was happening.
The Philistines mustered a mighty army of 3,000 chariots, 6,000 charioteers, and as many warriors as the grains of sand on the seashore! They camped at Micmash east of Beth-aven. 6 The men of Israel saw what a tight spot they were in; and because they were hard pressed by the enemy, they tried to hide in caves, thickets, rocks, holes, and cisterns. 7 Some of them crossed the Jordan River and escaped into the land of Gad and Gilead. Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. 8 Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. 9 So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.
10 Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, 11 but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” 13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”1 Samuel 13:5-14 NLT