Life often brings many scary and unpredictable outcomes to our path. And fear is the natural response when something we care for is in danger. But God regularly reminds us not to fear and to trust him.
Between deadly crashes and cancer, violence in our streets, infectious diseases, and natural disasters, there are many dangers that easily stir our anxiety.
And we’re not spared from relational, financial, or political dangers either.
On every side we’re reminded of just how much is outside of our control and this vulnerability increases our fear.
And yet with God we’re not to let fear dominate our lives. When our ultimate hope rests in God himself there is nothing in life we need to fear.
But this doesn’t mean life will be a cakewalk free of suffering and pain.
In fact, tragedies will often mark the days of our life and our story in this life might also end in tragedy. This is nothing new even for the people of God.
The decision not to fear is an act of faith. It’s not denying the very real dangers we face in this life. But by faith it sees beyond these dangers and anchors our soul in the larger story God is telling.
We don’t have to fear the things of this life because even when they end in tragedy God’s story is not over yet.
We live in hope knowing that in Christ God gives us the victory even over death.
And so with nothing to fear we can live with a bold and courageous faith. We don’t have to play it safe in fear of something bad happening.
Of course, we need to take wisdom with us, but we can dare greatly in our efforts to bring more life and goodness into the world.
Life is dangerous. But do not fear. God is with you and his story ends well.