Ray and I went to see After Earth this weekend. It was not well reviewed by the critics but we’ve found many good to great movies by not paying attention to those who think it’s their job to tear everything down. The story line is about a father and son relationship. It’s about how to overcome fear and totally depend on someone who knows and loves you. I was delighted and amazed to see so many Bible ‘threads’ in a 2 hour space. Biblical themes like honor your father and mother, covered and protected by the wings of an eagle, do exactly what the Father says and you will succeed, and FEAR NOT.
English: There is no fear, until we make it up. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I want to look at this concept of fear not today. Did you know these words are repeated 365 times in the Word. That’s not a coincidence. God knows this world is a fearful and fearsome place. He knows that every day comes with it’s own circumstances and challenges and that these can produce fear in us. In Psalm 23 David says, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil…” How can he say that with such trust? He knows the One who protects, defends and loves. He knows God’s characteristics. He knows the One and Only will not let him down.
Fear is an emotional reaction to an unknown result. It can paralyze us. It can cause us to want to hide. It can keep us from realizing our Kingdom purpose. It can make us bitter and mean. IF WE LET IT!
When God says FEAR NOT! He’s saying quit looking at what could be and look at what is. He’s saying I’m right here, hold on, look up, you can count on Me.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It does not say I can do this alone, it says depend on ME! From Genesis to Revelation there is constant proof that when we depend on God we have nothing to fear. He has our back (our front, our side, all that we can and can’t see). FEAR NOT!
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Ah, Lord, God, I am counting on You. Create in me a spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. Whenever I enter the valley of fear shine Your light on me. Make it so, Lord!