As we open the Bible on October 1st, we see the story of the birth of Jesus in our “Doing It by the Book”. In both accounts, the one in Matthew and the one in Luke, we see a common phrase.
Matthew 1:20 says, “But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.'”
Luke 1:30 says, “And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.'”
All throughout the Bible there are phrases like this. Late last month, in the Book of Daniel, we saw “Fear not, Daniel.” I’ve read there are 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible. There is one for every single day of the year. Yet, in our day, in this precarious time with a pandemic underway, there is much fear.
It is okay to fear the Lord. We should fear the Lord, but with a reverent fear. We should know He sees all and hears all. We should be certain He knows all we say, do and think. A reverent fear should help us to stay devoted to Him and His ways. Outside of fearing the Lord, we really should not fear anything.
Brothers and sisters, if a virus takes us home to Jesus, how is that different than a car accident or cancer? Nobody wants any of that to happen. We don’t want a car accident, cancer or a virus to take our physical lives. Even so, our spiritual life is a greater concern. This is why Jesus said in Luke 12:5, “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” Our spiritual life matters most. If we must stay “safer at home”, grow in God’s Word, in prayer and a different type of ministry. Do not let fear of the physical possibilities hamper our spiritual mission. We need prayer warriors. We need to dig into the Word. And, it would be great to see the Light shine in social media. Let’s live by faith!
In Jesus’ care,
Pastor Jerry Jeter