Monday, March 7, 2011

Fear Not!

"And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid" (Mark 16:8).

Even though Jesus had told them that this day was going to come, they allowed fear to close in on them. The death of Jesus had been foretold, and He had not been silent about it either. This was to have been no surprise. Hadn't they trusted Him? Hadn't they believed Him? And if so, why now were they giving into a fear that contradicted that faith? They were instructed by the angel in the empty tomb of Jesus to go and tell what they had seen. Yet, fear had crippled them, keeping them from saying anything. Where was their trust?

Don't we do the same thing? Hasn't God told us that He'd "never leave or forsake us"? Or, that He will "provide according to His riches in glory"? Don't we sing songs about surrendering all and standing on the promises? Yet, in our moments of weakness, chaos, and confusion, we give into the fear that seeks to unhinge our faith.

If we trust Him, we will expect Him to do all that He has promised to do. He is the Lord, and when He speaks, it will come to pass. We must trust Him, and choose not to be taken by surprise when God does do what He said. Often, when God does something spectacular, we have an almost automatic response of, "O WOW! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!" If we truly trust Him and believe Him, that statement begins to lose its credibility. He is who He says He is, and He does what He says He will do. I don't have to figure it out, understand, or agree. My responsibility is to trust. He is faithful.

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