Who Should We Fear?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Since last week’s carefully choreographed attack in Paris, several other European nations are on high alert.  Arrests have been made and the mastermind of the plot is believed to have died or been killed in a raid on a suburban Paris apartment.  Many people are still bracing themselves for the likelihood of future attacks and find themselves living in constant fear.  It would be naïve for us to think that nothing like this will ever happen again.  Precautions must be taken and nations around the world must work together to combat what has become a global threat.  At the same time, we need not live in fear if we know Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. 

Before sending the Twelve out into the world to spread the gospel, Jesus tells them “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  The only one we should fear is God because He is all powerful and the one to whom we will have to give an account.  Those who die knowing Christ have nothing to fear for they will be immediately ushered into the presence of the Lord.  But, for those who die having rejected Christ, they have only eternal punishment to look forward to.

As we approach Thanksgiving, which is the busiest travel day of the year, let’s rest in knowing that when we are walking in obedience to God we have nothing to fear!