Random Fear vs. Real Faith
It is Friday the 13th. Are you scared? Are you nervous? Are you knocking on wood? Are you superstitious? Do you believe in luck? Do you want me to quit bringing you bad vibes? We joke about certain numbers and specific days being unlucky, or dangerous. But many people do carry some unfounded fear about such things. In fact, fear in general is not of God. Fear is not just a feeling, but also an attitude that can become an action, based on what we do not know. Fear is the idea that something we do not see can make our life horrible. The Christian knows that God is in control and that He causes all things to work together for our good. So there is no reason to be frightful of the future because it is in His hands and He is more than capable and willing to do what needs to be done.
Just because God knows the future does not mean we aren’t faced with a lot of question marks, including some very big ones. We can be nervous about the future of our health, relationships, job situations, car issues, finances, etc. It is easy to think that these things are in some big hopper randomly shooting out results like lottery numbers. We cross our fingers, wear the right outfit, close our eyes, make a wish, and hope that things will go our way. Superstition is not of God any more than fear is of God. There is no such thing as luck, or ‘ju-ju’, or ‘vibes’. There is hard work, opportunity, passion, failure and success. But a black cat walking under a ladder on Friday the 13th is no cause for alarm. And knocking on wood won’t do anything but give you a splinter.
Instead of believing in luck, and curbing your fears by doing silly things, why don’t you act in faith? Hope is the idea that things will be alright. Faith is action that causes you to live like your hope is real. We get to choose whether to live in fear that the worst will happen, or in faith, believing the worst already happened… to Jesus. The unseen is only unseen to us. When a pilot is flying in the dark, he isn’t flying blind. He isn’t worried about what may be out there in front of him. He trusts the instruments that can ‘see’ in the dark. In the life of the Christian, faith is not about believing in what isn’t there. Faith is about believing in what is there, but can’t be seen.
It is funny to joke about Friday the 13th’, but it is not funny to live in fear. Your life is not random, nor are the things that come your way. These things are not based on numbers, or cats, or when you were born. The number one deciding factor on the purposes in your life is not the sign under which you were born, but whether or not you were born again. If you have been born under the sign of the Lamb, your life is in His hands. No need to worry. He’s got this… even on this Friday the 13th. King David had some fearful things happen in his life. He prayed, “I trust in You, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” The course of my life is in Your power; deliver me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors. Show Your favor to Your servant; save me by Your faithful love.” (Psalm 31:14-16)
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