“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be be known. What I tell you in the dark say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” Matthew 10.26-27.
Have no fear. It seems everyone is always telling us not to be afraid, to be fearless in the face of adversity. But how often do we look to the world for the strength to walk through darkness? Or look within ourselves. Only to be immobilized by our anxieties? While some fears are healthy (discerning not to drink liquid plumber is a good example) others can keep us firmly planted in complacency nearly halting all of our forward progress. So what do we do with this fear? Do we hide it? Avoid it? Do we just sleep with our ninja turtle night lights on for the rest of our lives? In most cases fear doesn’t just disappear; it sticks with us just like when you step in dog crap. No matter how hard you drag your foot there’s always something left on the bottom of your shoe. Now we always hear people say “just rely on God” or “just have faith” and even after the fear has manifested into something tangible we hear “Well God works all things out for good” or “everything happens for a reason” While these things are true how do they give us comfort? To be honest they usually don’t. Then how do we reconcile our fear and the Lord’s comfort? We need to change course, redirecting that fear towards Christ, our catalyst for perseverance. This isn’t to say we will never be afraid again but rather we have a conduit to focus our fears through. By changing fear from afraid to revere we are able to take away fears imminence and refocus on Jesus. When we center our view of Christ we essentially trade our fears for His comfort and grace, allowing Him push those frailties away. Then verses like Matt. 10.26-27 will embolden us for the tasks ahead as Christ takes the place of our fears becoming our Pilot light that guides us through darkness