5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, ampoule but he didn’t want to go in alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.” She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, “It’s OK–Jesus will be in there with you.” Johnny walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw it was dark, and started to leave when all at once an idea came, and he said: “Jesus, if you’re in there, would you hand me that can of tomato soup?”
What are you fearful about my friend? Are you fearful of darkness or spiders? Or the unknown things about tomorrow? Is it finances? Meeting other people’s expectations? Health situation or Loss? Are you fearful of what others might think about you?
We are living in the time when “the hearts of men will be failing them for fear” ~ Luke 25:21. Fear in not your friend. After sin entered this world we find first reference to this negative and paralyzing emotion. Fear is like a cage. Fear is like a fungus. Fear is a liar. It usually leads to insecurity, health problems and very poor choices. Bible is full of examples when good people made very poor choices just because they were controlled by fear.
Many times in the Bible when people had an encounter with God – His first message to us, His children was: “Do not be afraid.”
God wants you to know, my friend, that He loves his confused children. He promised to be there for us regardless where we are. Even when I look at blue sky during the day or bright stars at night, I’m reminded about God’s love. He is there for us. We can know that God will see us through.
I used to think that opposite of fear is courage. But it is not courage. It is faith. An ability to trust that you and God will be able to handle together about anything.
The cure for fear is faith.
Here’s a quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick : “Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.”
Are you fearful my friend? I would like to share one of my favorite Scriptures with you today: But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. ~ Isaiah 43:1-3