But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was *afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. – Matthew 2:22
The word used for fear is the same word we get our use of phobia. It literally means—terrified. When Joseph becomes terrified, God then warns him in a dream which led him to Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophet said that he (Jesus) would be called a Nazarene.
I was struck by the use of fear in the life of Joseph. God often directs our path with them. They are part of the weaving of the tapestry of our lives that gives way to a beautiful ending!
Don’t begrudge your fears. Ask…wait…hope that the Lord will use them for good!