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Written by Conrade Yap   
Sunday, 08 May 2011 11:11

TITLE: DO NOT FEAR
Written by: Conrade Yap
Date: 15 March 2011

 

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7, NAS)

 

There is a sense of fear in the world right now. Since the tsunami on Friday, the media has been feeding us one bad news after another. How can anybody not be frightened? In the old days, we used to get our daily news digest mainly on workday mornings or evenings after office hours. With the ubiquitous smartphones and mobile gadgets in our hands and pockets, we get up to the minute news flashes, 24 hours a day. It has been said that fear is like a darkroom that develop negatives. True. When we let fear dominates, we unwittingly diminishes God from our lives.

 

The old adage: “No news is good news” seems to be conveniently set aside. After all, technology has empowered us to have news on the go, regardless of the negative sentiments and fear it tends to amplify. Hawking fear is a highly profitable enterprise. Think 9/11. Think earthquakes. Think big disasters that affect stock markets. Think Tsunami. All of these headlines draw viewers and millions of website clicks. All of these lead to bigger profits for the content providers like TV, Internet news sites, radio, and talk shows. Bad news sells. Fear sells.

 

 

A) Fear: An Ancient Deception

Fear is as old as the biblical story of Eden. When Adam and Even disobeyed God, they hid behind the trees, away from God. When God goes looking for them, calling out “Where are you?” they replied:

 

“I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (Gen 3:10)

 

Sometimes, when we read too much news and fear-mongers from individuals trying to generate publicity, we too become afraid. We sense our nakedness and vulnerability. We hide in fear. Is this what God desires for us? Does God want to scare us to death? Certainly not. God asks:

 

“Where are you?”

 

How we respond to God is a key to understanding ourselves; how we think and feel. Today, the big news is about the nuclear calamity in Japan.

 

  • How bad will it get?
  • Will the harmful radioactive particles reach Canada?
  • Will the plunging Tokyo stock exchange pull down the rest of the world economy?
  • What about our loved ones who are living near Tokyo?

 

Many questions. No answer. The Bible records the words of Jesus.

 

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7, NAS)

 

B) God Is Our Maker, Our Designer

God knows us best. He knows the way we are made. He understands the way we feel. He calls us not to fear. For example, think of your car. Say you are driving a Honda vehicle, which suddenly emits some strange sounds from the engine. You start to slow down. Your heart begins to panic as the noise from the engine grows louder. All of a sudden, the passenger behind you tells you not to be afraid. He is the chief designer of the engine. He knows exactly what is the problem, and he knows exactly how the engine works.

 

God is like that Chief designer of the car. God knows the way we humans are made. He designed us. He knows the ease we succumb to fear. Fear generates anxiety. Anxiety leads to panic. Panic leads to pandemonium. Our Chief Designer says this:

 

Do not fear.” For He knows how we are made, even the precise number of hairs on our head. Above all, He assures us that we are more precious than many sparrows. He promises to protect, and to keep us according to His way. Not what the world promises. The world is not our Creator. God is. This is why we need to trust and obey what God says. Not what the news media is trying to say.

When Mother Teresa was asked whether she fears dying, this is what she said:

 

"How can I be afraid of death? I desire it; I await it because it allows me finally to return home."

 

She then goes on to live her best on this earth, serving God faithfully until her time is up. This is what we can do. Do not fear. Live our lives as faithfully now, for we know that in Christ, we have a future that is sure and steadfast. Of course, in Christ, we will be eternally safe.

conrade

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2011 21:45