Do Not Be Afraid
August 2, 2019
Why does the Bible tell us in SO MANY places not to fear? Is this something, as believers growing in Christ, that we even deal with anymore? I mean, don’t you feel most days a lot like Kevin in the original Home Alone movie…. when, having mustered up the confidence inside his large, empty house, opens the front door and bounds out, proclaiming, “I’m not afraid anymore!” “I said, ‘I’m not afraid anymore!’ Do ya’ hear me? I’m not afraid anymore!”
But then there are those OTHER days. You may feel more like Kevin in the very next moment of the movie when a long shadow overtakes the little guy, followed by haunting music and the image of an ominous snow shovel clinched in the worn glove of the scary old man neighbor. Kevin’s reaction is one you, too, may feel at times… “AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!” (And he runs back inside and slams the door, making his way under the warm covers of his parents’ poster bed upstairs).
Oh, Kevin! If you only knew your neighbor is really a nice, older man who just loves shoveling snow while dreaming of a reconciliation with his estranged family.
Whether you feel like Kevin BEFORE or AFTER he sees his neighbor – I want to encourage you how to handle that fear that tries to sneak into or explode into your life. Instead of the neighbor, it might be a financial issue or a health issue or a relationship issue. It might be the fear of how you’re going to make it or how you will keep your children safe. Fear can overwhelm and seem to paralyze. And yet you can justify every fear as deep concern, but the Lord has got a better plan for you than fear. He does! His plan is TRUST.
You actually are already trusting if you are in fear; it’s just misplaced trust.
Yes, if you are overwhelmed by fear you are trusting that the table the enemy has set in front of you is more satisfying than the feast of Heaven. You are hungry to trust; you’re just feasting at the wrong table. So let’s look at a couple of the many places where the Word of God encourages us not to be afraid.
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
Actually, read all of John chapter 14, as it will definitely comfort your heart.
Matthew 6:34 (you should start with verse 25) - “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
The Lord is with you and He’s got this – WHATEVER the “this” is!
Still not convinced enough to “let go and let God?” Then it’s time to go to John 15 and abide in Christ.
John 15:4-6 – “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
What you need is not some “try to fix it” time. What you need is some God time. I promise you that when you spend some time with Him, your perspective will change. The old hymn so beautifully states it: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim… in the light of His glory and grace.”
Could it be this simple? Can the Lord God – Creator of Heaven and earth – really calm your heart and mind in the midst of the storm? He CAN and He WILL. Every time!
Place your trust in the Lord right now afresh and anew. Let Him handle these fears. He is bigger than you thought He was. And with Him, ALL THINGS are possible!