Freedom from fear - 21 April 2021
By Xanthe Hancox
Israel, the LORD who created you says, “Do not be afraid — I will save you. I have called you by name — you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burnt; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.
There are a lot of strange phobias out there. From taphophobia (the fear of being buried alive) to globophobia (the fear of balloons) and my personal favourite, nomophobia (the fear of being separated from your cellphone), it’s clear that practically anything can be terrifying to some people.
Some people are afraid of snakes or spiders. Others may have a fear of heights, enclosed spaces, or public speaking. Many fear failure, change, dying, or being alone. Still others live each day in very real fear of persecution, oppression, discrimination, and physical harm.
This world can be a scary place, and fear is something we all must face.
But the Bible tells us, “Do not be afraid!” Again and again we read of God’s coming to his people with such comforting and empowering words as “Do not fear. I am with you. I am your God and will never forsake you. You are mine.” In the story of Jesus’ resurrection, both the angel at the tomb and Jesus on the road began their conversation with the women by saying, “Do not be afraid. …”
The women’s encounter with the supernatural was overwhelming, and their fear was real. But the power of the resurrection assures us that the Lord cares for his people and is with them in whatever times may come.
Because Jesus rose again and is with us always through his Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20), we can have freedom from fear because we are never alone. In God’s presence and strength we can face whatever comes.
Prayer: Lord, you are always with us. Remind us of your power and fill us with your courage to face our fears, knowing we are never alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen