Sunday, 6 February 2011

Do not fear ...

Originally posted on the blog "Honest Investigations" on the 1st November 2010

My reading is today is called 'Hope', but it then discusses fear and faith. So I think I'm going to go off on a tangent too.

The Bible verse today is from Genesis 26:24: Do not fear, for I am with you. What do you fear?

Lack of finances? Loss of loved ones? Loss of property? Violence? Burglary? Death? Reducing investments?

Let me tell you something: nothing is secure anymore - at least, not on this planet.

Now there's a thought. So what to do. Do you feel like you're sitting on the edge of a jetty with Jesus next to you, and Jesus is telling you to stand up on the water and walk across to the other side with him? How does that make you feel? Oh, but remember, Jesus walks on water! Surely you can trust him? After all, he's right beside you.

The Bible teaches us, from start to finish, that there is one person and one person only on whom we can depend, and that person is Jesus. If we place our lives and our trust in him, he will not let us down, ever. We are also taught that it is better to store up treasure in heaven than here on earth, for we will lose what we store up here, but what is in heaven will last forever. Where do you want your treasure to be?

It is a challenge, for sure, to take one's eyes off this world and look towards a place we cannot see. That is, if one believes that one should last forever. But if we honestly search our hearts, we will know that deep down, there is a desire to never die. In Christ alone, that desire is reality.