Posts Tagged "Do not be afraid"

Do not be afraid

Do not be afraid It happened just about every time God revealed himself.   John had a vision of the risen Jesus, and it made him faint with terror (Revelation 1:17).   Isaiah had a vision of the majesty of God, and he cried out, “Woe is me, I am doomed!” (Isaiah 6:5).   Ezekiel saw God coming in the clouds, surrounded by rings of fire, and he fell on his face in awe (Ezekiel 1:28). Even more “ordinary” revelations of God’s holiness had a...

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Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!

Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!  Jesus’ words are perplexing at best.   Why wouldn’t the disciples be terrified, given the situation?   Not only are they far out to sea, but it’s dark, a storm is raging, and what appears to be a ghost is walking toward them.   Who wouldn’t be afraid? So how should we understand Jesus’ words to the disciples?   And more to the point, how can we deal with our fears when we face terrifying circumstances? ...

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Do not be afraid

Do not be afraid.  From time to time, we receive letters from our readers telling us about how the Lord has worked in their lives.   The letter below, edited for space and clarity, tells one such story. “Last week I was driving my seemingly healthy son, Josh, to the emergency room as waves of panic rose up in me.   We had gone to the doctor, assuming he had picked up some minor bug, only to be told to go straight to the hospital.   Josh’s blood...

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Do not be afraid

Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  As he prepares to send his disciples out on their first missionary journey, Jesus breaks the news to them that they will face some hefty challenges.   But he also reassures them that God is bigger than their troubles, so they don’t have to be afraid.   He is their Father, and like any Father, he is watching over them. Jesus’ words here make it clear that God is involved with all of his...

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