This world is full of scary things. I don’t have to tell you that– you’re already fully aware. You and I, we live in this world brimming with bad and evil and everything in between. So Peter’s call to not “fear anything that is frightening” might come as a shock (1 Peter 3:6). It’s an uncomfortable summons. Peter acknowledges that the things are indeed frightening, but does not give us permission to fear. He calls us to be fearless.
At first I thought it was an anomaly, but verse after verse came to mind. Even the Proverbs 31 woman “laughs at the time to come.” The future doesn’t phase her. She laughs in its face! She is fearless. The question is, how?
Jesus calls us to live fearless, but he doesn’t ask us to do it on our own.
These is one way to live fearlessly: don’t face the frightening things alone.
Fearless because of hope
We often turn to friends and family when we’re scared. While they can offer encouragement and support, they can’t actually promise much. Most of what is going on in the world that scares us is out of their control.
So who can we turn to?
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Those who hope in the Lord…
When the world is spinning upside down or your personal world caves in, don’t be afraid. Hope in the Lord. He will get you through this.[Related Post: Nebulae]
Fearless because of whose got your back
Yes, the world is legitimately frightening. But it’s certainly not any stronger than God.
Once, I heard someone ask if I had as much faith in God’s power and goodness as I do in the world’s power and evil. Yikes.
Maybe it’s time to grow in confidence in God.
The Psalmist sure had confidence! He writes, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6)
Paul was thinking along the same lines in Romans 8:31 when he wrote, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” He goes on to write “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Paul then lists a slew of things (scary things!) that might try to separate us from the love of Christ, but fall pitifully short. They can’t keep us from God, no matter how strong they look. God is stronger, and we are more than conquerors in Christ.[Related Post: The Day Pain Lost its Power Over Me]
So fear not. Yes, there are things that look worthy for us to be scared of. And from an earthly perspective we’d have every right. But from God’s perspective, we don’t need to. Instead, we need to hope in him, and trust him.
Not that we’re expecting everything to turn out with roses and rainbows, Starbucks and stargazing.
Not in the least.
Instead, we’re trusting that
- we are secure in our relationship with him, no matter what happens (Romans 8:31)
- he will use all things for our good (Romans 8:28)
- that he IS good (Matthew 19:16-17)
- God is stronger than the evil that surrounds us (John 16:33)
- he will give us strength and renew our strength when we hope in him (Isaiah 40:31)
And in the end, we’ll be able to nod along with Peter and encourage others not to fear anything that is frightening.
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