Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 19, 2019
If Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord just as I am; therefore let no one despise him. 1 Corinthians 16:10-11
In recent weeks the global stock market has had its ups and downs. It is fascinating to me to observe, in others and in my own heart, how our levels of trust and anxiety seem to rise or fall based on these market trends. When phrases like “historic highs” are thrown around, we ease into a false sense of security and trust in a future defined by comfort and ease. Yet how quickly does this security evaporate when we hear threats of recession and market collapse, only to be replaced by an unshakable sense of fear and dread.
While this sort of global anxiety is real and ever-present, there are other, more subtle fears that each one of us faces on a daily basis. We worry about the health of a loved one, about the decisions our children make, or whether we will be accepted or rejected at work, school, or church. Fear seems to be a constant threat to our life with God and those we love.
In 1 Corinthians St. Paul said many difficult things to that church community. He boldly called for them to repent of their sexual sins, their desire for power and influence, and their misguided worship practices. If he was unable to visit them in person as he wished (1 Corinthians 16:5-7), Timothy, a much younger and less experienced leader, would visit in his place, presumably to ensure Paul’s teaching was received and enforced. As such, he acknowledged the need for them to replace a culture of fearful intimidation with utmost love, care, and respect.
We are freed from our fears when selfless love takes root at the core of our being. As 1 John 4:18 reminds us, “There is no fear in love.” If we are flooded with the love of God and love for our neighbor, fear simply has no place to call home, no ground in which to take root. Instead of trying to rid yourself of fear, choose to actively and passionately pursue a life shaped in every way by the love of God. Believe that his love can overcome every fear, no matter how big or how small.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
Father, keep us from a life of fear and anxiety, instead replacing our fears with perfect trust in your loving care. Amen.
What fears, big or small, have taken root in my life and kept me from trusting in the goodness, provision, and love of God?
We are freed from our fears when selfless love takes root at the core of our being. #fear #wisdomhunters #Jesus
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