One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 41:10. In the New Living Translation it reads:
Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Fear abounds in this world and for good reason. This was the emotion which Adam and Eve experienced the moment they heard the voice of God after disobeying Him. Rather than choosing to live in peace with God, they chose separation from God which in turn produced fear. As a result, humanity has lived in fear ever since. We may try to cover it up as best we can but it is still there, just beneath the surface. We are afraid and without God, we have good reason to be!
There are times when I find myself struggling with fear. I think that if we are honest, we all do. This is why over and over again, the Word of God tells His children to not be afraid. To make things even worse, we often interpret the words "fear God" as being terrified of God. It is not the same thing.
Growing up, when my father spoke, I listened. Though of course I listened to my mother, I sensed an even greater authority when it came to my father. When he spoke, it didn't matter what someone else had previously said; it only mattered what he said. He was my final authority, he was to be obeyed and that was that.
When I did wrong and I heard his voice, I did exactly what Adam and Eve did. I would attempt to hide. It never worked for me any better than it did for them. He always found me and I had to pay the consequences for my actions. Now, you would think that this would make me afraid of my father but actually the reverse was true. I was, in fact, the proverbial "Daddy's Girl". I might be afraid of the punishment but I was never afraid of him. Why? Because I had experienced and therefore was confident of his love, his provision and his protection. I can say with absolute confidence that my father would have gone without in order to provide for me. My father would have laid down his own life in order to protect me, his beloved daughter.
This is the love that God has for us! Jesus Christ freely laid down His life that we might be saved. When we are His children, we need not be afraid. We have a Father.
I'm always glad when bloggers on CB write of different scriptures from The Bible that tell us not to fear; it is something with which I have had a struggle for as far back as I can remember. But it's blogs like this that help me through those times and bring new surges of hope to my heart, especially these lines from your writing:
" My father would have laid down his own life in order to protect me, his beloved daughter.
This is the love that God has for us! Jesus Christ freely laid down His life that we might be saved. When we are His children, we need not be afraid. We have a Father."
Thank you, K for taking the time to write about this -- it was exactly what I needed to see this morning.
Wonderful ... oh, wmj already said that ... Beautiful!