There is a calm assurance that comes with knowing the Lord Jesus Christ, the troubles of the world belong to the world, not to us, the fear of death is not relevant to those who have been crucified with Christ, those wars and rumors of wars are expected.
“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.” (Psalm 71:1)
It is a strange emotion to trust, to not fear, when nearly every newscast regales us daily, when almost every conversation revolves around some new horrific event, we remain calm and assured that the Almighty is in control.
Fear is the main weapon in our adversary’s arsenal, but it can be difficult for him to make it personal for us, for that he must seek permission from our Father in heaven, and even then, we realize that no matter what appears, it has the Almighty’s approval. But those things of the world, the rampant unrighteousness, the evil that is growing is more difficult for Satan to lay at our doorstep, even when it is there.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
My lovely wife and I live in an area where we rarely lock our doors when we leave, locks are meant only to keep honest people honest, the thief pays no attention to them. If you live in a larger metropolitan area, I feel for you, for the danger in those places is growing exponentially, which means this also, the possibility of personal fear is closer to your doorstep.
If you have been born-again then you realize that we are in the beginnings of sorrows, that the hedges are being lowered, that the judgment of God has fallen and that what is approaching cannot be stopped. But have you realized a fear within yourself that should not be there?
“And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.” (Luke 12:39)
In this regard preparation is easy, keep your doors locked, learn to protect yourself and those you love from the evil men, but that preparation will avail you little if your heart begins to fear. Here you must listen to 1st Corinthians 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
The mind that serves Christ welcomes death.
“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)
The flesh fears it above all else, death comes for it my friends, not for you.
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2nd Cor. 5:8)
These verses should offer you calm assurance in the storm we are in today, when blatant evil and unsurpassed unrighteousness is seen by us each day, we should not fear, but instead rest in the promise of Luke 21:28, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Many mornings when I awaken, one of the first thoughts in my mind is “perhaps today,” and then I move through that day contemplating the Scriptures, looking for the lost amongst all those that the wrath of God abides upon. I try to do all that I can to keep oil in my lamp until that lamp is no longer needed.
Fear can lessen that light, and that is our adversary’s plan, to use every possible resource at his disposal to cause fear, for fear always brings doubt, and doubts can cause that calm assurance to flee from us.
Trials and tribulations, persecutions, pain and suffering, all are on the path we walk. Expect them, but do not fear them.
There is another thought that enters into my mind on a fairly regular basis, will I consider any of what is happening today a hundred years from now, will it even enter into my mind?
Rest in His promises, for He is faithful who has promised, let the flesh fear, you stand apart from it.