Esther Pauline, “Eppie” Lederer, better known by the pen name Ann Landers, for the syndicated newspaper column, Ask Ann Landers. She would receive on the average ten thousand letters each month – nearly all of them from people with problems. She was asked if there was one predominant theme in the letters she received. She said, “The one problem above all others seems to be fear. People are afraid of losing their health, their wealth, and their loved ones. People are afraid of life itself.”
It is true that fear stifles many people. For some, fear becomes so consuming that it keeps them from enjoying all the things God has given us to enjoy, especially fellowship and relationships with others, and most importantly with Him. When this happens, fear snuffs out life.
Now don’t get me wrong, some fear is good. For instance, the Bible says we are to “fear the Lord.” The fear the Lord turns us from evil Proverbs 3:7 says. We should fear God’s righteous judgment upon sin, but those who have trusted Christ no longer have fear of death or eternal judgment. 1 Corinthians 15:55–57 says “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
A correct understanding of fear and a reconciled relationship with God changes fear into faith. When we go through difficulties and experience loss and suffer the emotions that naturally arise with them, we are assured from God’s Word not to fear because He is with us. Listen to what He says concerning those who He calls His own: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.” – Isaiah 43:1. Notice God does not say He will take you out of the difficulty, rather He says He will be with you through it and you will not be overcome.
What do you fear? Those in Christ need not fear in life or in death. Would you like to no more? I would love to talk with you, pray for you, and help you discover God’s truth and hope for life. Call us at 425-432-0634, or visit us at www.taylorcreekchurch.org. You may also join us each Sunday, 9 AM for Sunday school, and 10:15 AM for Worship. We are located at: 21110 244th Ave. S.E., Maple Valley.