Shepherds’ Notes

What are we afraid of?  This may seem like a silly question, but I believe all of us could admit there is something that scares us or possibly several things that we are afraid of.  I remember a time that we never locked the doors on our homes or vehicles.  I am not sure the doors to our house even had locks on them.  If they did, I am sure we had no keys to them.  Maybe the screen doors had a latch that would fit into an eye hook to keep it secured but that is about all.  It just seemed that we were not afraid.  Now we have multiple locks on our doors and even alarm systems with cameras in our homes so we can see what is going on even when we aren’t home. 

In looking at what the bible says about fear, it is estimated the words “fear not” are found around 300 times. 

While we are told so many times not to fear, we are also warned to fear Satan.  1 Peter 5:8 tells us “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”   While it is easy to be fearful of many things, to be eternally separated from God should be our greatest fear. 

Consider the words found in Isiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

I challenge all of us to spend some time this week studying what the scriptures say about fear.