Do Not Be Afraid
The very first time the phrase “do not be afraid” is used in the bible God is speaking to Abraham, the father of all nations.
Abraham had already done things that would have caused me to be afraid.
“The Lord said to Abram: ‘Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you’” (Genesis 12:1)
He left his homeland and became a nomad, traveling to an uninhabited place in the middle of nowhere, he makes it through famines and even though at times his faith is shaken he keeps on trusting God.
“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.’”(Genesis 15:1)
Believing fully in God and trusting in Him, means standing up and facing the impossible without fear and obeying God’s will.
The choices we make, very much determine the roads we take. Every choice has a consequence, and when those consequences come it reveals our true character.
Will we stand firm in our decisions if we know that God is on our side?
“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8)
Abraham is considered the father of the faithful.
God called him and he moved.
Fear is an enemy of faith, and fear can easily be part of our lives but God is “your shield”.
When Abraham was life was over “He took his last breath and died at a ripe old age, old and contented, and he was gathered to his people” (Genesis 25:8)
He had run the race and kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Someone once told me it wasn’t about the numbers on the stone but the dash that really matters. How will you live your dash? How will you be remembered?
“Do not be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life” ~William Hurt, as Mr. Tuck, from the motion picture “Tuck Everlasting”
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