Daily Devotion

FEAR NOT!

Mankind was uniquely created in the “image” of God (Genesis 1:27). We, like God, have a range of emotions.
 
Fear is one of those natural emotions. God is well-aware that this emotional state limits our view and our actions. Perhaps this helps to explain why God tell us 366 times in His Word to “fear not” (a reminder for every day of the year).
 
King David reminds us to “fear no evil” when we walk through the “valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4a). The prophet Isaiah gives us these words of comfort  from God Himself—
 
            ““For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand
               and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”” (41:13)
 
The apostle Paul gives these inspired words of instruction regarding anxiety (a modified form of fear)—
 
            “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, be prayer
              and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
              And the peace of God that transcends all understanding, will
              guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
              (Philippians 4:6-7)
 
Yes, the Ultimate Source of fear relief is Christ Himself. His heart and hands are open to all who are ““weary and burdened”” (Matthew 11:28a)…even from fear.
 
REFLECTION: In Christ we have One who fully understands our human
            fear, and provides Himself as a sure remedy from it.
 
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