Bible Ballistics: BBs #353 No Need To Fear???
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalm 56:3
We all have times when things arise that cause us to fear. And while fear, in and of itself isn’t wrong, fear is an emotion, like any other emotion, it must be recognized and controlled. The problems arise when we let the “fear” control us. The Psalmist knew fear, but he also points us to the best solution to dealing with fear—we must trust in our loving, sovereign God! Our God who is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), and omnipresent (all present). I heard someone say years ago (I think maybe Charles Stanley), “It’s not so much that God is every where, but more expressly that everywhere, God Is.” In other words, we are never out of God’s sight! He knows it all, and He can be trusted to care for His own!
This is one of the things that Jesus prayed for us before He went to the cross. In His ‘High-Priestly’ prayer for us in John 17, He prayed for His disciples who were present with Him, and He also for us, for you and for me!
“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me;
and they have received them,
have known surely that I came out from thee,
and they have believed that thou didst send me.
9 I pray for them:
I pray not for the world,
but for them which thou hast given me;
for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine,
and thine are mine;
and I am glorified in them.” John 17:8-10
Jesus prayed for us; He prayed for you and me; He prayed for all who will believe in and receive His salvation by faith; He prayed for all who become His children by the “new birth” of salvation! But there’s more:
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me
through their word;
21 That they all may be one;
as thou, Father,
art in me,
and I in thee,
that they also may be one
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me
I have given them;
that they may be one,
even as we are one:
23 I in them,
and thou in me,
that they may be made perfect in one;
and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” John 17:20-23
Have no fear—if you belong to Jesus– He makes us ‘one’ with Himself and The Father. He is working in us so that “the world may believe” and that “the world may know” The ONE who saves and transforms lives by His death, burial and resurrection for the sin-debt of all who will believe! We belong to the “fearless” Redeemer—who overcame sin, death and hell for all who will believe in Him and receive the sacrifice that HE made at Calvary!
So take heart my dear friends, while fear may come, and almost always when we least expect it, we don’t have to wallow in it—we serve the God who IS in control. He is working in and through His children, and our job is to trust Him, to follow His leading, and let HIS light shine through us. So get in the Word, bend your knee before Him in prayer, seek His direction in all your ways, and go where HE sends you! Fearlessly!!! (Boldly but NOT arrogantly, there is a difference; we’ll talk about that another day!)
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6
No fear! Remember whose side we are on!!! And go forward in confidence my friend—we win! You can overcome your fear! Remember our first verse from Psalms, “I will trust in thee”.
“What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us,
who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Blessings on your ‘fearless’ day!