by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot | “After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Gen. 15:1
At any point in our lives, we all deal with one fear or another. But by the grace of God some have learnt to cast all their anxieties (fears) on Christ (1Pt. 5:7; Phil. 4:8); while others are crippled, crushed and dysfunctional due to fear. Fear is an emotional response to an overwhelming situation that we have no control over.
Every time an angel of God appeared to humans the first words spoken are: “Do not be afraid.” In any given situation, we all wish to hear those reassuring words just as Abraham heard it. Guess what! You just heard them directly from God through His Word. Do not be afraid appears so many times in the Bible that you can have one for each day of the year. You do not need to wait to hear those words from an angel, a vision or a dream to calm us down.
The Bible is the perfect Word of God, good enough for every situation. God and His Word cannot be separated. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Word will never pass away. If God is your shield what is there to be afraid of? If God is your great reward what else are you chasing after? Fear is due to lack of trust in our all-powerful, dependable and faithful Father. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Tim. 1:7.
Still having some fear?
Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.