And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.
Luke 1:30 (ASV)
I love the message of this verse! It is powerful and life changing. As part of our family tradition, we read the Christmas story on Christmas morning and this verse was read. No doubt Mary was frightened when the angel appeared. Who of us wouldn’t be? The angel spoke quickly to allay her concerns. If only we had to be afraid of angels, life indeed would be closer to paradise!
Today those words still soothe the Christian’s soul. Sometimes these words are shouted to us; at other times, they come in as a whisper. I pondered this verse this morning and felt inspired to write.
My dear reader, if you are…
Dealing with the loss of a loved one? The Comforter whispers, “Fear not.”
Lost a job and afraid about making ends meet? The Provider speaks, “Fear not.”
Nervous about job performance or worried about a new project? The Balm in Gilead gently breathes, “Fear not.”
Caught in the storms of life and swept up in turmoil? Over the tempest, listen. Can you not hear the Creator of the wind and the seas authoritatively command, “Fear not?”
Struggling below clouds of deep despair and misery? The Son beams His message, “Fear not.”
Away from home and missing your loved ones this holiday season? The Father comes alongside and with an arm on your shoulder lovingly says, “Fear not.”
Angry at life and the rejection of friends? God longs to soothe your hurt and bitterness and invitingly, He calls to you, “Fear not.”
Afraid of the looming “fiscal cliff” and your own personal financial straits? The Owner of the cattle on a thousand hills murmurs, “Fear not.”
Yes, He who rules it all, who has the whole world in His hands, longs for us to relax in His love and delight ourselves in His joy. He calls us to turn from fear and trust Him for the future. As John 3:17 says, God’s mission in coming to this earth was not to condemn the earth but to save the souls of mankind. We do not need to continue under the oppressiveness of fear.
In the kingdom of Heaven, humility characterizes a life of no fear. Not so with the kingdom of this world. Those big, jacked up diesel trucks clad with knobby, mud-slinging tires, chrome exhausts and portraying “No Fear” proudly across the back window exude an arrogant self-confidence. In their fearless attitude, they wrongly portray that they have everything under control. This is natural man’s attempt of saying that nothing bothers him….
…but this is not the attitude of the Christian. A Christian life of no fear is not a reliance on frail man’s strength; rather, it is complete trust that God, the Supreme Creator of this universe, is so big that no problem of mine is beyond Him. It is a lived out faith that as His child, I’m important enough to garner His attention to my needs and problems.
It sounds so easy. Just swap out one negative emotion (fear) for a positive one (joy) but it is a deep seated struggle that is never terminated. Or, I should clarify, I haven’t found resolve to this conflict. So this post was just as much written for myself as it was for whoever might benefit from it.
Cheers, and a Merry Christmas to all!