After a wonderful Christmas it’s time to direct our attention to the coming year, 2020.
First, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family.
Second, FEAR NOT!
The encouragement to not fear occurs a number of times in the New Testament. Fear is such a human trait. For the most part a defense mechanism, usually helpful. However, unless we are vigilant, fear can take a hold on us and grip us to the point we become crippled. There are many things that can hold us in fear and one of them is a fear about the future.
We live in distinctively tense times. Social and political tensions are certainly ramped up at the moment. War and violence in our societies and around the world are more than a vague threat.
Jesus and the early Church lived in exactly the same circumstances. So let’s take courage!
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15
Jesus summarizes His own attitude
“And he (Jesus) said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” – Luke 12:22-25
“But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:29-32
Fear not! God’s got 2020 firmly in His hands. Trusting Him is a choice. Allow His Holy Spirit to govern your life. That makes a great resolution.
Much Grace to you.