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Fearing something/someone?

I’ve been reflecting this week on how much (to my shame) I allow fear to govern my life.

Fear governs my relationships mostly because I worry that people won’t respect and value me. Fear governs how I spend my time, mostly because I worry about not being able to get the next job. Fear governs how I spend my money mostly because I’m worried about what tomorrow might bring – ill health, financial crises, or worse.

I was reminded in almost every passage I read in the bible this week how irrational my fears are – not because hard times may not come (they most certainly will), but because of the most frequently uttered command in the bible “fear not for God is with you”. Here are some passages that I read this week:

Ps 27: “The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”

Is 41: “I said ‘you are my servant’, I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Rom 8: “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Jesus Christ, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us”

How remarkable that God should take me to these passages this week. I hope they are an encouragement to you as they were to me, and a reminder that no matter what hardship may come at us tomorrow we can face it with joy, because the living God has promised to be with us, and for us, though his Son, our light and our salvation.

Rob Chapman