To Fear or Not to Fear
I frequently travel nationwide for business. When I’m across country alone, I’m always watching over my shoulder, taking caution in my attire and body language, and making sure my hotel is located in a safe area. It’s sad that the world has come to this, but a lone female must take extra safeguards in protecting herself.
I’m sure I’m not the only woman to consider all the worst-case scenarios. But when I do, I also contemplate my reactions. I recall the lady in The War Room when she was about to be mugged, she used the name of Jesus and the man, in complete shock, ran away. While that may not happen in every situation, I believe it’s possible (Philippians 4: 13). I also reflect on the following scripture:
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10: 28 NIV)
Basically, this tells us not to be afraid of what humans can do to us because they should be afraid of our God and what He can do to them.
But, what if something bad happened? Did God give up on me? Do I give up on God? Absolutely not! Because He is still there, especially in the hard times.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41: 10 ESV)
Just like the beloved “Footprints” poem suggests, Jesus has not forsaken us (Hebrews 13: 5) in the rough valleys of life, but is carrying us through them. When we realize this, we begin feeling that peace that passes understanding. And when we have a friend like that, One that is always there for us, One that has died on the cross so that we may live eternally with Him, who can possibly take that away? No one! No, not one! (Romans 8: 38)
“…If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8: 31b NIV)