Fear: Energizing and Empowering a Deeper Faith
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1 At that, the Pharisees got together with the supporters of Herod to plan how to destroy Jesus… Jesus told his disciples to get a small boat ready for him so the crowd wouldn’t crush him. -Mark 3: 6, 9
God’s messengers say “Do not be afraid” 366 times in the Bible (more than one for every day of the year!). But fear can often run our lives, paralyze us and keep us from the joy of life. How can our look at the story of Jesus’ birth, life and death help us to understand this emotion that was once so helpful to our human survival but now threatens our very spiritual survival?