Friday, October 8, 2010

Fear of Nothing

"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" -- Jeremiah 29:11

Fear of nothing...those very words suggest that our faith is strong and we are afraid of nothing in this life, but nothing is precisely what I fear at times.  Think about it.  Do you ever have those days when you fear that your best efforts to raise godly children will amount to nothing in the godless culture we live in today?  When it is time to pay the bills, are you afraid there will be nothing left over for the food and clothing your family needs?  Do you fear you have nothing of value to offer those around you?  Perhaps you are in a position of influence on the job or in ministry somewhere, but you have nagging doubts that you are making any kind of significant impact on the people around you.  You see others and all they have accomplished and feel you are nothing special, but nothing could be further from the truth!

We all have secret longings to be someone special and to do great things for God that will significantly impact the lives of others.  God created us that way.  The beauty is, no matter how insignificant we may feel, in His eyes we are special and significant, not mere nobodies occupying space on a sphere somewhere in the universe. 

Before we were ever born, God uniquely designed us just the way He wanted us.  If you doubt that, read Psalm 139.  Not only did He create our inmost being (v. 13), He also ordained all our days and wrote them in His book before one of them came to be (v. 16).  He has never ceased recognizing our potential, even though sin has kept us from becoming all He desires for us to be.  The master Creator crafted us with variety in mind, and there is not a single one of us who is less than beautiful in His sight.  Sure, we are stained with sin and riddled with guilt and shame because of our own choices, but we are never so filthy that His blood can't make us white as snow and as radiant as a bride on her wedding day. 

Our significance isn't measured by rave book reviews, the number of people we lead to Christ, or the amount of money we make.  Our beauty isn't determined by body size or shape, the clothes we wear, or the way we carry ourselves.  Our significance and beauty are determined by God's unbridled love for us, a love so amazing that He was willing to sacrifice the life of His only Son in order that we might come to know Him and enter into an intimate relationship with Him (John 3:16). 

Fear of nothing?  If you are in Christ, you have absolutely nothing to fear!  You are secure in His love and in the promises of His Word.  Pursue Him passionately, and one day you will see Him accomplishing His purposes in and through you.  No matter how meaningless things may seem at this moment, know that God has a plan for your life and that in time He will reveal it to you.

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