Fresh Hope – 24th April 2020

A lock can be a very useful thing. We use them to protect what is precious to us, our homes and our possessions. It is designed to keep something in or keep something out, to prevent movement or access. However, a lock is not so good if you don’t have the key.

Fear is a lock, a very strong and powerful one.

Fear stops us in our tracks, we freeze. It prevents us from moving forward, it stops us from changing, keeps us in our comfort zone and sometimes keeps us where we do not want or need to be. Fear of the unknown or indeed fear of what we think we know. Fear of change; fear of sickness; fear of financial problems; fear of embarrassment or fear of rejection. 

Fear is a lock that holds us exactly where we are and that is not always where God wants us to be.

God knows how strong fear is in the human heart, that is why so many times in the Bible God says ‘Do not be afraid’.

Just one example is found in Luke’s Gospel.

The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God.’ (Luke 1: 28 – 29)

‘Do not be afraid’, and not just because an angel has just appeared in her room! As a teenage girl she is being asked by God to not only bear the Son of God but also to accept the bitterness, rejection, shame, social stigma and being a family outcast that being an unmarried mother at that time would have brought. God knew that fear would stop Mary in her tracks. She could not take this on with fear in her heart.

So what are you afraid of right now? Facing your boss; sickness; financial ruin; death? What is fear preventing you from doing? Asking forgiveness; stepping out into something that God has called you to do; fulfilling a promise; breaking an addiction; asking Jesus to be the Lord and leader of your life?

If fear is a lock, then Jesus is the key.

‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (John 14:27).

Unlock fear with the peace of Jesus and step out into what God has for you. Hear what God says to us today ‘do not be afraid’.

Richard Ashmore

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