What Are You Afraid of?

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Monday’s The Wall Street Journal featured three news stories that had in common the element of fear and anxiety.  In Sweden the military is investigating foreign underwater activity off the coast of Stockholm.  In France, police were embarrassed at how they handled a recent security threat, leaving many citizens wondering how safe they are in their own country.  Closer to home, is the growing concern over the Ebola virus and efforts to field test a vaccine that experts admit might not even work.

We cannot ignore these events and we shouldn’t we be indifferent to what is happening in our world.  But, it is also important to know that, as followers of Christ we do not need to live in fear.  The word fear appears over 400 times in the Bible and when used negatively it means to tremble, grow anxious, and to anticipate great harm. The prophet Isaiah, writing to God’s people during times of trouble and uncertainty, declares “Fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God.” Now, that’s a headline that is good news!