If the Bible is divinely inspired, then it doesn’t surprise me that God is trying to speak into our human nature. The most common phrase of the Bible is, “Do not be afraid.” This says a lot about human nature. There is something about fear that consumes us. There is something about fear that paralyzes us. There is something about fear that stops us from knowing the depths of God, the depths of ourselves, and the depths of the human experience. There is something about fear that strangles the life out of life.
God is going to give us good things. Can we handle it?
Before Moses was going to lead God’s people out of oppression, God said to him, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. The Lord God goes with you, he will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
Before Jesus was born, an angel had to relay the message to Mary and Joseph not to be afraid, because Jesus was coming to save the world.
Fear is the stagnant force killing our world. Fear is built into our churches, government, education system, and our communities. We go right back then and teach fear onto others. So we fear peace, reconciliation, and hope. We buy into war, separation, and cynicism. We buy into racism, sexism, fundamentalism and segregation because of fear. We close ourselves off to love, because love does not fear. We live in constant anxiety and paranoia because we fear what others might do. We live in so much fear of all of the bad things in life, that we close ourselves off to the good.
Fear stops the world from moving. Fear stops the world from progressing. We need to progress now, more than ever. Good things are going to happen, can we let them?