Thursday, December 10, 2015

Luke 12:4-7 -- On Fear and the Happy Ending

"And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows."
Luke 12:4-7

I really like the message from God that we don't have to be afraid, even of people who kill us, and the surety that it is just a small thing.  We are all going to be resurrected and have our bodies returned to us in a perfect form... no more pain, no more sickness.  Although of course the idea is scary and we miss those who we lose from this life, death is temporary.  It is very emotionally taxing to lose people, but it can't harm them, or us, permanently.  The thing that can actually hurt us is letting sin take control and harming our souls... believing in hatred and evil, giving into addiction and lust, putting ourselves before others and before God... not using the lives that we have to prepare to meet God and become reacquainted.
God is in control.  He cares about us, and knows us, and values us.  The happy ending is already written... we just have to get there, and be part of it, rather than giving up in chapter seven.  Let's not let fear get in the way of our happy ending.  Let's not let death seem scarier than hell.  Let's remember that God is watching out for us, and in him we will find peace and rest, through any kind of temporary obstacle or tribulation.  Indeed, "If God be for us, who can against us?" (Romans 8:31).  Today, let's have trust and faith in God, and go forward without fear, doing his work.

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