January is more than half over and I am still contemplating what my goals should be for the new year. I attended too many funerals last year. There were at least half a dozen. January brought even more. It is a sad reminder that life is fleeting.
I have been settling in for the long haul and God reminds me that this life is just temporary. Heaven is waiting. This life that I cling to so fiercely will be but a flash when I am finally home with Him.
So what are my marching orders as I live day to day here? My husband pointed out to me the most mentioned command in the Bible. I was sure it was something about loving God and our neighbor. Ready?…
“Do not be afraid” or “Do not fear”
God said it again and again. He said it to Abraham, Jacob, Joshua, Moses, the nation of Israel. He said it to Hagar, a slave girl, who was afraid her son was going to die of thirst in the desert.
The Psalms are full of the command.
Psalm 23:4 “…I fear no evil, for You are with me.”
Many of the prophets said it multiple times. (Isaiah 35:4; 41:10; 41:13)
God sent angels to give the message to Daniel, Zecharias, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, women at the tomb.
Jesus also repeated it often to his disciples. Reminding them that they were worth more than the sparrows. (Matt. 10:31)
The command applies to me as well. “Do not fear!” – Why? Because I have a God who is with me and guiding my steps.
He doesn’t promise that my path will be easy. There will still be trouble and funerals and dark days, but He is with me. …and someday there will be no more crying. There will be no more sin. There will be no more fear.
For now I need to trust him with today. I need to have courage that he will provide the strength for what he has called me to do. I need to believe that this God, who cannot lie, will do more than I can ask or think. Knowing that this troubled life is but an instant compared to eternity.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Say to those with anxious heart, Take courage, fear not…” Isaiah 35:4
“For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13