Someone once stated that the phrase, “Do not be afraid,” is noted in the Bible 365 times – once for each day of the year. Though this is a nice sentiment, it isn’t really true, but the point is, we go through life in a state of fear every day and God doesn’t want that for us.
When He spoke through the angel, Gabriel, He told Mary and Joseph to not be afraid. He spoke through angel choirs to the shepherds in the fields and told them to “fear not.” He tells us many times to simply be still and know that He has everything under control.
Still we are afraid. Fear is a negative emotion, which stirs up doubt, anxiety, stress and more of the same. Living in fear is nothing more than giving in to temptation. The devil relishes in our fearful behavior, because he uses it to create doubt in our God. It happened in the Garden of Eden and it happens to us today as we face all the ugliness of the world around us. We wonder if God is there. Does He acknowledge our prayers? How can He allow all this evil to continue, when He promised to take away sin?
Again, His quiet voice encourages us to be strong and courageous – to put on the armor of Christ – to complete the race and know that the victory has already been won – to be confident and fearless.
We can follow God’s orders, act upon His will for our lives, rely on Him totally or give in to the untruths of the evil one. Satan is still roaming the earth, seeking to devour the believers in Christ. He wants everyone to be as miserable as he is. Do not give in. He has already been defeated and has no power over us, when Jesus puts our fears to rest. Do not be afraid!
Shepherds fending off their sleep, while they tended all their sheep.
Suddenly were startled by the hosts of angels in the sky.
“Do not fear,” was said to them – “We bring good news and peace to men.”
They followed God’s bright star above – and came to see their God of love.
In lowly manger there He lay, upon a scratchy mound of hay.
This King of glory promised long, had come to earth to right our wrong.
Again we wait for Him to come to take us to our heavenly home.
May we be ready for that day, pressing on where angels pray.