Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40: 26
We all fear things.
Something as small as a virus or as big as an earthquake. As harmless as a butterfly or as deadly as a nuclear blast. Things, like terrorists, that attack from without or things, like cancer, that wreaks havoc from within. We fear what is real, we fear what's imagined. Our fears define us. They shape our actions and guide our decisions. For some, fears become so powerful they imprison us.
We have reasons—good reasons—for our fears. Experience has taught us to beware, there is danger ahead. We pay heed to this warning, internalize it, and begin to harbour, shelter, cherish our fears.
Why do we fear things?
I believe we fear things because we’re aware of our human limitations. We strive to protect ourselves and our loved ones. To keep safe.
At the risk of sounding like a thoughtless dare-devil, I’m going to suggest that ‘trying to keep safe’ is not our job.
That’s not to say we should ignore the truth that actions have consequences, and that careless actions can have deadly consequences. I'm not suggesting we negate our responsibility to nurture and protect others.
But if we believe God is God, then our safety is His domain.
Viruses and earthquakes may harm us. Butterflies and war, violence and disease may threaten to crush us. But In God we are not overwhelmed.
The One who created the universe and holds it all together is watching over us. And whatever situations he permits us to face, we can rest in one truth.
We are not alone.
Everywhere we turn lately, it seems people are working hard to convince us to be afraid. This fear is not from our God. As Believers in Jesus we need to stand against fear, in all its forms.
Because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Scriptures to Ponder:
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Rom 8: 32
If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:31
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
In him we live and move and have our being’ Acts 17:28
Jayne E. Self is blessed to live in small-town Canada, near her grandkids.You can connect with her at jayneself.com or Facebook.
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