Oct 11, 2013

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MEDITATION: God banishes all our fear

MEDITATION: God banishes all our fear

The disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”

One of the great emotions that often controls and disrupts our lives, also spoils our joy, is fear.

Fear of people, of loneliness, of disregard. Or to fail or be rejected.

And then we don’t even mention the numerous physical threats which at times can cause us so much anxiety and distress. Things like poverty, accidents, disability, violence, burglary, assault, fatal illnesses and also death.

The list is endless.

Many of our fears are of course irrational and unnecessary. And still for many people they remain as close and as real as their own shadows.

As a young teenager I still remember how upset and anxious I was when I received the news that a close friend had contracted cancer. I immediately felt and feared that some day the same fate would befall me.

And then there were the communists that will one day dominate the whole world and also torture those who believe in Christianity. At least that was what we were made to believe in those days.

And how did this prospect not upset my fragile emotions and make me fear. In those days I even believed that the Russians were far bigger and stronger than other people.

But when we grow older and are more mature and informed, it is not that easy to rid ourselves of all our many fears. They are often tougher and more deeply seated than we suspect. Overnight they may return to trouble and torment us.

For us as Christians our comfort – which should also help us overcome our fears – remains that we worship a God of whom we believe and profess that He/She has restrained and conquered all the dark and terrifying powers. And that through the Spirit of Christ, this God’s power is still at work today. So that we may relax and trust, even when there are days when we are still doubtful and anxious.

It is no surprise that one of the first words that Jesus spoke to his disciples shortly after his resurrection was: “Peace be with you!”

Which also meant: ”Don’t be fearful. I am with you always!”

Carel Anthonissen

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