Have you ever heard about “The Good Life?” When enjoying something like a vacation or new car, one might say, “Oh, this is the good life!” In this present world economy people ask, where is the good life? At the first of the year, like this year, we hope for a better year. We amass wealth, goods, knowledge, relationships, and properties to ourselves and find ourselves simply running in circles worrying about how we can lose all of them at once.
We’ve all been tempted to fear when thinking of difficulties we are experiencing currently or are going to experience in the future. The “what if” thoughts assail our minds seemingly out of nowhere! This tendency to look for the worst to happen is exacerbated by media – programs on TV foretelling doom when the great asteroid will hit our planet or if a plague comes and wipes out ½ of the world’s population. Then, when that disaster doesn’t pan out, the media will almost seem disappointed.
We mothers, wow, we can be especially vulnerable to this to the point that we want to put our kids in rubber rooms. I confess to this fault. I’ve felt nervous watching my kids play in public playgrounds, wondering what germs lie there and even tried to avoid it for fear of “what they may catch” when touching that dirty equipment…yup, I have been a “helicopter mom.”
More often than not, our human nature of trying to fix things automatically kicks in without thought of what God would say in the situation. This often leads us to try and muscle our own way through life, leading to disaster upon disaster. Wow, taking things in our own hands – how is that working so far? Fear of the unknown future can hold us captive to something that may or may not happen.
Some of these bad things do come to pass, some others don’t. Then there are those unexpected calamities that assault us. The good news, despite this heavy cloud of imagined and real difficulty hovering over humanity is that there is One whose help we can count on. Consider the author (John) of Revelation and what he must’ve felt when he saw his vision that he recorded in Revelation. Life was extremely difficult for Christians at the time of this writing, history tells us that believers were heavily persecuted at that time, and in this setting of great persecution he sets to comfort the readers of his book:
Rev. 1:16 NLT “He held seven stars in His right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from His mouth. And His face was like the sun in all its brilliance.”
Then he goes on to say:
Rev. 1:17 NLT “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if I were dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last.”
The hand that holds the seven stars, the churches here in scripture; it is that hand that is laid on each of us and to each of us He says the same, “Fear not.”
Look at 2015, listen to Him – don’t be afraid. You can face whatever comes that powerful hand is backing you.