What do you fear? You may have ongoing fears, such as the fear of abandonment, failure, or rejection. You may have new fears that are tied to current circumstances—the fear of losing your job or a relationship. Jesus told us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1).
Read Matthew 10:24-31. Three times in this passage, Jesus calls us tonot fear—to not be afraid. While the world around us slips into panic, Jesus says not to live like them. We have no reason to allow fear to intimidate or defeat us. What reasons does Jesus give us for not fearing the people and circumstances of this world?
We ought not to fear because Truth will ultimately triumph: “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs” (Matthew 10:26-27).
Today we see the Truth silenced for political correctness to avoid criticism, to gain popularity, and even to keep the peace. Yet those of us who have trusting fellowship with God have no reason to fear.
In the end, wickedness will be judged, and righteousness will be exalted. We cannot allow the fear of ridicule or rejection to deter us from speaking God’s Truth in love to those who need to hear it.
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:13-15)
Prayer: Father, thank You that I can rest in the knowledge that, ultimately, Truth will triumph—that Your perfect will cannot be thwarted. Thank You that I have no reason to fear. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
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