Fear. I know it well. I jump at my own shadow. It doesn’t take much for me to react fearfully even when in my own house. So family approaches me while calling to me or flickering lights until they get close. Most times this works 🙂
Having grown up in the church, I often heard it said that “Fear not” is mentioned in Scripture 365X – once for each day in the year. Yesterday I googled and much to my surprise discovered there is a discrepancy. But none the less, Scripture tells us to “Fear not” over 100 times. Enough times for us to come to the place of facing fear.
These days we’re living in seem to be breeding grounds for fear:
- protesters able to shut down highways
- shootings in hospitals
- measles outbreak
- unemployment rising
- heinous acts by terrorists
As I think about the many deeds and situations which can prompt fear, I turn and read –
When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?
(Psalm 56:3-4, NIV)
It is then I am reminded of two truths:
- Have faith and trust in God. We must, must have absolute faith in God. We must possess a trust which is marked by an unshakable confidence that God’s help will come to us when we need it.
- God is sovereign. Man is ever powerless in his attempts to thwart God’s plan in our lives.
Jesus knew these days of difficulties would raise up fear in our hearts and minds. He knew we would need more. We would need more of Him in increasing measure –
“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubles and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)
Jesus knew we lived in a world filled with frustrations, anger, violence and meaningless deaths. He knew we were going to need peace, His peace, in order to calm our troubled hearts and ease our fears.
And so, He gives to us – His people – the only known antidote to fear – His Presence and His Word.