One of the hardest things not to do in life is to fear. There are so many issues in our modern country that could potentially cause us a lot of anxiety and/or trouble and the problems of this world are mounting especially for Christians. For many around the country, the problems continue to grow for their cities as political tensions and violence continues to ramp up.
In other words, the problems are many and with all the problems come a lot of fear. We do our best to get through them all the best way we know how but even the strongest of person crumbles. Think of the biggest, tallest mountain in the world. As magnificent as it may seem, it’s going to crack and crumble at times. There are avalanches that take place around the world and people get hurt and killed during these events.
One of the reasons that we fear and worry so much is the thought that we have to do it all on our own but nowhere in scripture are we told that we have to do it on our own. Yes, there will seem like times when God isn’t working but when He’s silent, He’s up to something. The truth is, God is always there and in His word, He tells us three hundred and sixty five times that we do not have do it on our own or fear. In the book of Genesis, there are eight different passages tell instruct us that we do not have to be afraid or to fear including this reassurance to Abraham:
After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”—Genesis 15:1
Trust me, I get it. It’s hard not to worry or to fear something especially when it has not happened yet. When someone you love is sick, you’re afraid of losing them. Recently, I had to leave the woman I love for a while and it hurts being away. There are many things that go through my head, things that should not but because of the world in which we live, they continue to repeat. While it is hard for us, God understands it, as well.
How do I know this? Simple. God continues to reassure us over and over because He knows we need it. He knows that we are not perfect and that our bodies are simply dirt. God made us in His image and we are told this in Genesis and although we do have a sin nature, God continues to give to us His grace and mercy. God’s love for us knows no limits despite the difficulties and troubles that we often bring into any situation. However, again, we can rest assure and not fear that God is still with us and He will always be with us.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”—Matthew 28:20