God sent His Son Jesus into the world to live and walk amongst us as a brother, not to condemn us or judge us but to save us and give us eternal life. Christ came to bring healing of the body, the soul and the heart — to heal the broken hearted. He came to free us from our personal prisons and break the chains that bind us. Within all that is a message of a God who cares, One who cares about the stresses of our daily lives and is able to do something about it.
The power of God to do all of that and more is way beyond our experience and full comprehension. The power of God to insert a ripple into time and creation and put the seed of God’s creation into the seed of a virgin is way beyond our full understanding as well. God is powerful. And God loves us with a Love that is way beyond our experience and ability to wholly grasp.
The first words that God spoke to me after I gave my life to Him were: “Don’t be afraid. Everything will be alright”. He spoke this to me because I felt the power of His great Love billow over me and it was way beyond anything I had ever experienced. But God knew that I needed to experience His love in my daily life and the healing from it so He encouraged me to trust Him and receive it. We are to stand in awe of God’s great power but never fear that He will use it against us (with the exception that if we stand against God He will be against us).
God told Abraham not to be afraid, that He would make a great nation through him. Moses told the people not to be afraid of God’s testings. Moses also told the people not to be afraid because God goes with them and He will not leave nor forsake them. The Lord told Joshua not to fear for He would protect them.
Psalm 56:4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
God told Jacob and the nation of Israel not to fear for He would deal with the nations that stood against them, but He would NOT deal harshly with them although they would need to be corrected for the mistakes they made and will not go unpunished. But they should not fear this. Hebrews tells us that we should not be afraid of the corrections of God for God in correcting us deals with us as a son.
In short, God came to heal us and some of the things He may need to do in order to accomplish that may seem frightening, but we must trust Him. We must trust God with every moment, every chore, every aspect of our lives. The alternative is far worse. God truly has our best interests in mind. For what God went through to get here and to do what He did strained the rules of life and death and were so stressful for Christ that He when He gave up His life to the Father, His heart burst. So great is His love for us. To not invite Him deeply into our lives is letting something slip by us that later on we will regret.
The second time that God told me to not be afraid was after something really horrible had happened. And I was on my knees in the dirt weeping my heart out in fear and dismay. God’s presence came about me and with one gentle swipe the Lord wiped my tears taking all the tension and emotional pain out of me and told me not to be afraid, that everything would be OK. I asked Jesus “now what should I do”. I sensed the Lord was directing me to rise up and carry on for He would take care of everything. It almost felt like He was patting me on the back with a smile the way we do a little child when we are encouraging them to go on and not worry.
And that is the thought I want to leave you with. Trust the Lord. Trust Jesus and the Holy Spirit with every moment of your life. He suffered much to become our Savior because of His great love for us. Allow Him to bring you healing and direction. Trust Him to help you become the person you were meant to be and to never forsake or leave you. Imagine His hand on your shoulders gently steering you onward, always there with you. That is why He suffered so much for us. That is why He came to us as a little child and lived here on earth and walked among us in the very earth He created. God loves us beyond words. You can trust our Messiah/Savior.