In the Christmas story, again and again, we hear the phrase, “Fear not!” “Fear not Mary” (Luke 1:30); “Fear not, Joseph” (Matthew 1:20-23); “fear not shepherds”
Like Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds, we are so prone to fear. We’re afraid because we feel alone and forsaken, when we encounter the unknown, and when we face something bigger than us.
Why we do not need to be afraid?
When we feel alone and forsaken we need to remember the message of Christmas: a Savior has been born to us…and they will call him, Immanuel which means God with us.
Because of Jesus God is approachable and very near—even holding our hands. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.“(Isaiah 41:10).
When we encounter the unknown let’s remember it’s not unknown to God.
The future has its uncertainties, but we enter it every day, confident in the sovereignty and sufficiency of God. Our security is not in knowing where we are, but Who we are with! We are with God Who loves us and always wants the best for us. “God is faithful, reliable, trustworthy and therefore ever true to His promise and He can be depended on”
(1 Corinthians 1:9 Amplified)
When we face something bigger than us, let’s remember that God is bigger than the thing that threatens us. He will do the impossible through us. In all these things (whatever we’re facing)we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come…. nothing in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37,38 ESV)
For every day of the year, there is a “fear not” in the Bible. Do you have one for today? Write it out on a card and say it often. It will bring you comfort and peace.
Thank you, Father, that because You are with us and Jesus lives within us, we have nothing to fear.
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