Fear Not

Fear Not 3

The world is becoming a scary place. Between ISIS, the Paris attacks, beheadings, and other terrifying situations, we don’t know if we’re coming or going.

Not that it wasn’t scary before. It seems we’ve always faced trouble of some kind. However, it appears to be multiplying exponentially. Why is this happening, and when will it stop? How much worse can it get? Do we really want to know those answers?

Many search for comfort and security in anything which isn’t rocking or swaying uncontrollably. Who can blame them? The past two or three years have added a new host of threats: random victimization, kidnapping, or perhaps even beheading.

In the face of new threats, some of us look for protection in a person: a politician, policeman, you name it. Nevertheless, we’re often disappointed. If they can’t be trusted, who can?

My friend, there is only one who can save us: Jesus Christ.

Many people have observed, “Jesus instructed us to ‘fear not’ three hundred and sixty-five times in the Bible. That’s equates one ‘fear not’ per day.” They would be correct, and for our sake, I’m glad they can count.

But let’s be honest: that’s a nice, fuzzy thought. It’s altogether difficult to believe, however, when you see car bombings, random shootings, and live beheadings.

How can you know Jesus will protect you?

 He has protected you so far.

He will not let your foot slip—     he who watches over you will not slumber;  indeed, he who watches over Israel     will neither slumber nor sleep.

Psalm 121:3-4

I don’t know your life story, but I’m sure of this: you’re still alive. Your heart is beating and blood is pumping through your veins. You may be just barely hanging on, about to go crazy, on the verge of killing someone (hopefully not literally,) but you are still here.

Please understand, I absolutely do not wish to diminish the hardship you’ve been through. Some have probably experienced the worst kind of hell on earth. Some may wish they were already in Heaven.

However, you’re still alive. Jesus hasn’t allowed Satan to kill you for a good reason.  And that reason is:

You have work to do.

For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.

Luke 21:15

If you are a Christian, you have a job. You are immeasurably, intensely, astoundingly needed in this ever-darkening world. Your light (even if it shines dimly) is needed more than you know. People are dying for hope, and if you know Jesus, you need to tell them about Him. After all, He has given you an edge.

You are a guide to the Divine, whether you want to be or not. Don’t underestimate that. My beloved friend, until your job is complete, your address is earth.

When I was in sixth grade, I almost fell headfirst off the side of a building onto some concrete steps. Thankfully, something stopped me. Although I wasn’t a believer at the time, I know now the Lord prevented me in my klutziness from becoming a human Humpty Dumpty. And although I often don’t understand why, I know He saved me for a greater purpose. So it is with you.

He said so.

The bottom line is, God declares you will be protected from birth to your last breath. No harm will come to you that isn’t vetted through God first. You have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Consider Psalm 138:7:

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

You preserve my life;

You stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,

And your right hand delivers me.

 God says He will preserve our lives even though we walk in the midst of trouble. Between our numerous surrounding enemies, disease, financial woes, etc. we certainly walk in the midst of trouble. Don’t you agree?

My beloved friend, God loves you immensely – probably more than you realize. You may not understand it, but you have a divine protection unlike anyone who doesn’t follow Christ. You are secure. Bank on it.

 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High     will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1

What are you thoughts?

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