The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Psalm 138:8
If you are like most people, something that made you anxious and afraid has happened more than once in your life. You were afraid you wouldn’t pass the test or get the job. Perhaps you were frightened the test the doctor just performed not only wouldn’t come back negative, but you were positive that when the results were made known you would learn that you had some dreadful disease. Maybe you lost your job, but, thank God, you found another one that you loved even more. Perhaps you fought the battle of a lifetime and won with stars.
So why are you afraid? Because in this life there is so much to be anxious about that “fear not” is the most frequent phrase in the Bible. We are often invited to count our blessings and ignore our sorrows. What if we remembered and gave thanks for all of the things we have overcome in our lives and counted them as the blessings at the top of our list? We live in a world of sin and grace, but fear not, God’s love is here for us every second of every day. So let us thank Jesus for protecting us from our enemies, and always proving to us that our Lord’s love for us endures forever.
God help me through today’s struggles, both large and small. Support me as I question myself and my world so I may live in faith, trusting that because of your death and resurrection I can always trust the future — because the future belongs to God who stretches out his right hand to deliver me and all of the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.