“But even if you suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I Peter 3: 14-15
Boy did I need this today. What was most noticeable about this verse is what it doesn’t say. It does not say set apart “fear” as Lord, nor does it say set apart “anxiety” as Lord. It is very clear to say set apart Christ as Lord.
I hate to even admit this but I worry a lot. Honestly you would think I did not know God at all. Yet all I have to do is look back over my life to know there is not one circumstance that God hasn’t used for my good so why do I entertain these thoughts?
Do not fear what they fear is really a command. They I am sure are those who do not know our Lord and Savior. And what do “they” fear? Is it the unknown? Is that what I fear too? What is going to happen and will I be able to cope with it? Psalm 139:16 says “All the days for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
But unfortunately my one track mind though goes to worry like the truck tire that constantly finds that one deep rut in the back county dirt road. But seriously what could possible happen to me that God has not already seen and made a plan for? Nothing! I think God is not just telling me to avoid this track but to travel a whole new road. I can ask Him to make this verse real in my heart and then by faith believe that He is. This added with the wonderful assurance that God is for me not against me; I could possibly retire the panic button permanently. That truly is the blessing and the hope we have in Him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Barron lives in Sheridan, MT and is semi retired. She enjoys writing and her new found hobby photography although the word of God will always to be her first love. She considers her illness a formidable teacher.