Posted on July 29, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you,
I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
In some of my devotional reading last week, these words were shared, “Our world appears to thrive and profit from our fear —fear of those different from us, fear of insignificance and isolation, fear that our secret shames might come to light. Could there be another way to live? Is it possible to fear less?”
Words like ‘do not fear;’ ‘fear not;’ and ‘do not be afraid,’ appear close to 365 times in the Bible…that is one ‘fear less’ statement for each day of the year.
God encourages and Jesus emphasizes throughout the Bible that God’s people are not intended to be preoccupied with fear, worry and anxiety. Of course, that is easier said than done. There is much in our individual lives and our life together in families and community that causes us to worry and be anxious, and that tends to heighten our fears.
What we can do is continue to grow in our relationship with God and others through prayer and worship and study and service; and hold to the promise that God will strengthen us, help us and uphold us. When we can do that, we begin to fear less and take away the controlling grip that fear can have on us.
May we face this day and this week fearing less and rooting and establishing ourselves in the love of God, the grace of Christ and the strong presence of the Holy Spirit.