Fear Not

As we enter into 2016 it seems there is one thing prominent in our world . . . FEAR. To name a few: • Fear of getting sick • Fear of finances/not having enough money • Fear of weather • Fear of political issues • Fear of crime/violence • Fear of aging • Fear of losing our freedom • Fear of the unknown • Fear of pain • Fear of disappointment • Fear of rejection • Fear of loneliness • Fear of death • Fear of failure A pretty grim list of very realistic fears. We’ve just had Christmas and heard the account of Jesus’ birth: the shepherds were in the fields, doing their job, keeping watch over their flock when an angel appeared and said, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11 NKJV) Because God loved this world so much, and He knew there would be fears on every hand, He sent the message that we weren’t to be afraid because of the great gi of His Son. One who would wrap His loving arms around us during times of our greatest fears, one who would encourage us, one who would bring calm, one who would love us like an earthly father who holds his child tightly when fear has come. Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba Father.” (NKJV) I face fear. I believe we all do. I feel certain the message from Luke is still the same for 2016 . . . “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy. . . .” And in Romans, we find the instruction Paul gave to those in Rome, the beloved of God, “cry out, Abba, Father.” During this new year, whenever you face fear, cry out, Abba Father, and speak the words the Psalmist cried, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust You.” A favorite song from this year, “Fear not tomorrow, God is already there.” > E v’s E c h o