The window is about six feet off the ground. Noises outside one night caused one of my sons to sit up in bed and peer out. He was startled when a huge head appeared in the darkness looking right back at him. A moose had been eating grass in the yard under the window. It raised its head just as the curtain was pulled back, giving Greg a scare.
Often we encounter something that frightens us. Sometimes it is a prank, sometimes a situation that is very real. Some of the greatest miracles and supernatural occurrences recorded in the Bible are accompanied by fear in those who were present.
The angelic announcement of the birth of Jesus caused the shepherds to be fearful. However, the angel said, "Fear not..." After the crucifixion of Jesus, devout women made their way to his tomb on the third day. An earthquake shook things up and an angel rolled back the stone from the tomb. The angel assured the women that Jesus was not there, but was risen from the dead. Again, the message of the angel was, "Fear not."
In between his birth and resurrection, Jesus dealt with fear for others. His word and his work served to help people overcome fear.
His disciples saw him walking on the water and were scared that it was a ghost, but Jesus said, "It is I, be not afraid." The 12-year-old daughter of Jairus had died, but Jesus said, "Fear not," and he brought her back to life.
His disciples were overwhelmed by spiritual revelation, but Jesus said, "Arise, be not afraid."
Whether it was the elements, death, or supernatural revelation that produced fear, Jesus revealed his power and gave his peace to the fearful.
Whatever you face today, the one who is the "same yesterday, today, and forever" can come to you with his perfect love and cast out fear. Like the well known psalmist you can say, "I will fear no evil, for thou art with me."
Mitch Glover is the pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church, at Swanson River Road at Entrada. services are Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. Bible study and children's church Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 262-7240.
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