Do Not Be Afraid
by Dave Reiss
In high school I went to this “Christian Haunted Trial.” As we wandered down the trail people would jump out of us to frighten us. We were eventually led into this large room and in front of a casket with a dead body, then directed to sit down with our group. Once everyone was inside, a person began to talk. I can’t remember what they said, but as they were talking the person in the casket began to climb out. We were all freaked and began to run away.
I must admit, I really don’t like these types of things. Scary people jumping out, people with bladeless chainsaws pretending to attack. Some of you love these things, you love the thrill of fear, it gets your blood pumping. Fear can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming.
The Bible often uses the phrase, “Do not be afraid” or “Do not fear” to encourage follower of God. I don’t think it is saying not to be afraid of creepy clowns or zombies with a chainsaw, some types of fear are healthy for our safety. Yet, God does not want us to be afraid of following Jesus and doing what is right.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
God tells us that we do not have to be afraid to follow him. We don’t have to worry or be discouraged, because He is with us. God walks with us through our life, through the good days and the bad, through the hard conversation and the difficult choices. God has chosen you and that will never change. You can be strong and courageous, not because of you, but because God is with you.