We live in a world that provokes and promotes anxiety, insecurity and fear. We're told from parents, peers, preachers, and pundits about the insurmountable mountains we face. And if we're not careful our soul will shrink back from our God-given ability, capability and responsibility of becoming fearless agents of change.
In the Christian faith, we pray bold prayers that Jesus taught his disciples to pray; not least of which is, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." And yet, the shadow of doubt in the face of what we perceive are insurmountable obstacles, overwhelm and immobilize us.
Because of the gap between our faith and fear we tend to live in a defensive posture. Our actions become measured and calculated, so much so, that we never attempt the impossible, but only what we think we can do and still save face. And this type of living tapers our witness in the world because it contradicts our purported belief in a God that kicked sin, hell and death in the teeth once and for all on the cross and through the resurrection. It contradicts our belief in the reign of a just and righteous King named Jesus.
The psalmist wrote, "even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me." I'm curious about what would change in the world if I was not as timid as I tend to be. What would change if I believed, to the point of action, that the Good Shepherd will sometimes lead me to and through extremely difficult places for the purpose of illuminating an alternate reality.
Lord Jesus, give us the strength to forgive, when we're resentful, the courage to be generous, when we're selfish, the audacity to love in the face hate, the wisdom to speak words that need to be spoken, and the assurance that we are not alone.
You are with me. I will not fear. You are with me. I will not fear.