Saturday, April 20, 2013

What Have We to Fear?

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:6)

April 15 is as American as a day can be. It is the day we pay our taxes for the privilege of living and doing business in a country that many consider the greatest nation on earth. This year it also happened to be Patriots Day and the day of the Boston Marathon, an event marred by an act of terrorism when two bombs were detonated near the finish line, killing three and injuring scores of runners and onlookers who had gathered for this annual event. It was the beginning of a tragic week and was a day that once more showed us how vulnerable we are and how quickly our lives can be forever changed.

On the heels of that devastating act of terrorism, which left the city of Boston and our entire nation shaken and fearful, the small town of West, Texas, was nearly destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant. Many people died or were injured, homes and businesses were destroyed, and many who survived were evacuated from their homes for fear of additional explosions or a cloud of toxic fumes. This peaceful community took on the appearance of a war zone. Life will never be the same for those who live there.

These events, along with the attempted delivery of letters containing the highly toxic poison, Ricin, to our President and a Mississippi politician, have left many of us reeling and wondering when something like this might happen a little closer to home. Are we safe? Are terrorist attacks like the one in Boston this week and the 9/11 attacks on our country over a decade ago signs of eminent danger for America? Should we as individuals be afraid of what could happen?

Scripture (Matthew 24, Mark 13) explains that catastrophic events such as natural disasters, wars, and rumors of wars are signs of the end times and assures us of Christ's return for those who have become His children by accepting Him as Savior. So, what have we to fear? Those of us who belong to Christ have nothing to fear because there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:38-39). If we trust in God and believe the promises of His Word we need not fear what man can do to us (Psalm 56:10-12). Even if we are injured, ill, or lose our lives we can be assured that we will live in the presence of God for all eternity.

Are you afraid? If so, why? Could it be that you have not yet taken care of the one thing that matters most by placing your life in the hands of the only One who can truly save you? Evil will always be present in this world, but Christ has overcome the world. When you receive His salvation by placing your faith in Jesus Christ, then no matter what happens you can know with certainty that you will spend eternity with Him in heaven.



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