DO NOT BE AFRAID!
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Genesis 15:1).
Fear is a deed of satan which discourages the heart. It never arrives alone but brings with it turmoil, sorrows, sadness and horrors. The fear also causes sickness; weakens the body; spoils the mental strength. The mental instability disrupts the functioning of the mind and in the end, it shortens the life span.
Today, in whichever direction we may see, we find that the mankind is under the grip of fear. From our childhood days scare for darkness, fright for devil and demons come into force.
One comes across innumerable fright from the dawn to dusk. How am I to face the day; at rthe workstation scared of the boss; at home afraid of the husband or children. The fear is the terrible enemy of man. Job says, “For the thing, I greatly feared has come upon me and what I dreaded has happened to me” (Job 3:25).
Some fear had already been affecting Job the devotee, even before the troubles began to arrive in his life. Fears like "Whether my children will die? Whether I will lose all my cattle? Whether I will be let down by all my friends and relatives?" were always in his mind. At last, all things over which he feared happened in his life.
So, you have to be very cautious over fear. Do not invite the bad things to happen in your life by being afraid. Some people fear over anything and everything. Fear over lizard, fear over cockroach, fear over a snake and some people will faint even at the scene of a funeral procession on the road. Even some particular smells will bring fear in some people. Once affected by such fears, people will become dysfunctional having lost their thinking capability.
When fears and sorrows surround you, God alone comes near you and comforts you asking you not to fear. He alone is the one to protect you, clearing all the fears from you. That loving father embraces you and comforts you by saying "Do not fear." He calls you by name and so, do not fear.
Dear children of God, are we not reading in I John 4:18 as "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love”? The love you have on God is powerful to throw away all the fears from you. If your love in Christ and Christ's love in you are made perfect, you will not be fearing over anything.
To meditate: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7).