by Sandy Kirby Quandt
I’ve never been a fan of scary movies or Stephen King novels. Nope. There is enough to worry, fear, and fret over without deliberately adding something else. And what I have found to be true is whatever our troubles, we need fear not for God is with us.
During a recent conversation with a friend the topic of being fearful came up. Whether others consider our fears rational or real doesn’t matter. What matters is the things that make us fearful are real to us.
All throughout the Bible God and Jesus tell those who are listening to fear not.
Joshua was told to be bold and courageous multiple times. He was told to fear not for God was with him.
The Babylonian captives were told to fear not for God was with them.
Esther was told not to fear. Ruth was told not to fear. Christ’s disciples were told not to fear.
Don’t you think if the Bible says fear not so many times, then we humans are a people with things in our lives which cause us to fear? Don’t you also think if the Bible tells us to fear not for God is with us; to cast all our cares – fears – on God because he cares for us; to not let our hearts be troubled; and be anxious for nothing, then we need to turn our fears over to God right away, and rest in his love and care?
Easy to say. Difficult to do.
Just as I choose not to watch slasher films or read King’s books, I must also choose to run to Jesus at the first moment fear begins to grab hold of my heart, and not wait until I am totally paralyzed by it before I seek his help.
Fear is a liar. God is not.
We have the freedom to choose who and what we will believe.
How about you?
Do you thrive on the adrenaline rush and enjoy being scared out of your wits by fear? Whether you do or not, one thing is certain, we need not be afraid of what happens in our world, because we know God will never leave or forsake us in the midst of all the scary stuff that surrounds us.
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Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you. Isaiah 41:10 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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