Do Not Be Afraid
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)
Spiders, airplanes, tornadoes, rejection, conflict, failure, separation, death and the future. What do the items in this curious, random list have in common? They are all things that I have been afraid of at one time or another in my life.
The truth is, I’ve given my fears way too much time and energy. I’m thankful that somewhere along the line, I learned an important truth: The Lord our God is a great deliverer, who sets us free from the dread, and sometimes even panic, that holds us captive.
He delivers us through the truth of His word. Are you afraid of death? Jesus said in John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
Are you afraid of being condemned by God because of some thought, word or action you regret? God’s word says in Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Are you afraid of being alone? Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans.” Rather, He sent us the gracious presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
He delivers us by confronting us with our fears, lovingly yet firmly placing us in a situation we’d rather not face. Yet God doesn’t push us out to the end of the diving board to jump into the deep end alone. He walks with us, perhaps even carries us. We come away from the experience with new strength and courage.
He delivers us by His awesome power. He has the power to calm the storm, heal the disease or reverse the circumstances. When this is His mode of deliverance, it drives us to our knees in thanks, wonder and praise.
thank You for Your word of truth, Your comforting Spirit
and Your awesome power to deliver us from all our fears.
You are mighty to save and strong to deliver.
Hide that great truth in our hearts for those moments when we feel helpless, powerless,
alone and afraid. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Writer/Editor, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center
ISAIAH 55:10-11 • PSALM 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 • MATTHEW 6:7-15