The Bible repeats that phrase 365 times — that’s one time for every day in 2013.
God wants you to know it, friend. He’s got this. He’s got YOU! And He’ll make you brave in 2013. I believe in you, because I believe in Jesus.
And I believe He wants you to know that truth down deep — that you have nothing to fear.
God’s words, “fear not,” were delivered to Abraham and Hagar and Moses and Jacob and Mary.
And to you.
You, with the fear tangled around her heart about what God is calling you to.
You, with the fear over the diagnosis, the wayward child, the impending move.
You, bleeding on the inside after the layoff, the lost love and the liabilities, all mounting.
Yes, there are fiscal cliffs and family tiffs and mountainous “ifs.” But God is bigger than your worst fear. God’s got it. And in the coming year, He’s got 365 different ways to tell you, “Fear not.”
But the words are not hollow. For every “fear not,” God offers specific and convincing evidence to empower our spirits and embolden our trembling little hearts. He’s given us a whole series of becauses (in bold):
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
“Do not be terrified by them.
For the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God.” (Deuteronomy 7:21)
Do not be afraid or discouraged …
For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)
“Do not be afraid,
for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:5)
for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
There are a million earthly reasons to be scared of what’s ahead in 2013. But one reason NOT to fear: Christ in you, the hope of glory.
You were made for this friend. You were made to live on the other side of your fears, and I’m right here cheering you on.
Let’s say it together:
Last year, I put together my first-ever video blog. I’m reposting it today, a reminder that we’ve been equipped to step forward in spite of our fears… (EMAIL subscribers can click here to view.)
Do you have a word that is your theme for the coming year? If so, I’d love to hear it. Share in the comments! Let’s cheer each other on as we kick of 2013!