It is fair to sat that within reason, we all experience fear on a daily basis. Only when we block out the realities of our world do we not fear. When we cognitively recognize all of the suffering, illness, accidents, disease, abuse, poverty, and countless other social injustices we can only shudder in fear as we understand that all of these calamities that we can imagine hit us at any given moment. Do we really know that we will go on that trip in two months? How sure can we be that we will be healthy and alive next year? We envision what we will be doing in 20 years, but these goals and dreams remain as unrealized potential; potential that may never evolve into reality. When we leave our homes each day we are met with a world filled with imperfection and sin. There is always the chance that you will be careless behind the wheel of a car or you will approach someone else who is being careless and an accident occurs. Our lives can go from great potential to physical destruction and death in a matter of seconds. There is great sorrow and suffering that results from these evils and calamities. Fear grips us on a daily basis when we open our eyes to the realities around us. And truthfully, this fear can only be expected. If we were totally aware of all of the suffering that goes on around the world and if we truly realized what could happen to us on a daily basis, we should naturally be shaken with fear and want to do nothing but cower under a blanket in our own home. The sad truth about all of this is that we can literally do nothing to overcome this fear. We can ignore these realities and try to escape from the real world in which we live, but there is no escaping the fact that we all have fears that can never be conquered by anything we say or do.
Who then can conquer our fears? Who will do the impossible for us and keep us sane, calm, peaceful, and even joyful during times of suffering and when we are gripped by fear? If we plan to follow Christ and risk our lives for the sake of the gospel and for the glory of God in His praise among the nations, we will undoubtably face real and great fear and danger! We need to trust in the One who conquers our fears and comforts us while empowering us by His Spirit to take the gospel message of Christ into the most dangerous places on earth (and even to those in our own communities). I will once again leave you with the insightful, truthful, and encouraging words of A.W. Tozer.
“Somebody has to face our fears and conquer them. Who is going to do it? You cannot do it. Is there somebody else who will take them on? Is there somebody else who will dispose of them? Is there someone who will say, ‘Now, listen, child of God, you’re in the midst of a deadly world; death walks on every hand; car accident, mistakes, diseases, mental breaks, all these things walk up and down the land, but I’ll take care of them for you. I do not promise you will not get into any of them, but I promise you do not have to be scared. I’ll get you out of them, and I’ll make them work for you, and I’ll turn your evil to good, and I’ll walk before them and I won’t let one thing happen to you that isn’t good for you; and when you need it, I’ll let it happen, but I’ll watch over you as a physician over his patient; I’ll watch over you as a nurse over her child.’ Is there somebody who will say, ‘You do not have to be an optimist to ignore things; you can be a realist and admit their presence. And you don’t have to collapse and be sent to an institution, I’ll handle them for you”?
Yes, there is somebody: ‘Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.’ That is a sum of the Lord’s Word to us on that subject. It is not all He said, but it is sort of a summation of it, and that same theme runs through the Old Testament and through the New Testament. The Savior teaches it and all the apostles teach it. It is simply that God is personally concerned about you. You, the individual, not the masses. We think in masses and in blocks. It is common to see graphs or charts in the news magazines that show a little figure standing in silhouette, in dark outline that stands for five million persons. The Lord never thinks in blocks and masses, He thinks in individuals. He thinks of His one sheep, of His one child.
That is the teaching of the Scriptures. God is personally concerned about you. God is not too high or lofty to remember that His children are in the land where illness is prevalent. Where accidents happen every day. Where there are loss of jobs and financial worries. Where people are betrayed by their closest loved ones. Where there is separation, as for instance, when the boy who has been close to us for so many years, shakes our hand with a grin that is not quite real and walks down the sidewalk and waves at the corner on his way to report to the military service. Separations come, some never to return to us again. God knows it and says, ‘Now, I know that’s the kind of world you live in, but I have laid hold on you forever, and I know every detail of your trouble and all your problems, and I’ll anticipate every act of the enemy and every act of every enemy I will anticipate. I will go before you.'” (A.W. Tozer, Living As A Christian, p. 206-207)
The most frequent command in all of Scripture: “Fear not!” Realize, child of God, the dangers of everyday life and face them head on with your confidence placed in the One who conquers all of your fears and is totally for your good! He is sovereign. He is good. He is great. He is God! Worship at His feet tonight! “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31b-32)
Obey willingly and confidently by the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit. Child of God, brother or sister in Christ, fear not! He has conquered sin, Satan, and death and He continually conquers our fears! Humbly trust Him tonight. May you walk in the defeat of your fears by God for the sake of the gospel and the glory of God in the joy of all peoples of all nations. May we exhibit His greatness to them so that He might receive glory and them salvation by His grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
By His Grace — For His Glory — For our Joy