Stilling Our Fears

You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.’” -Lamentations 3:57 (NIV)

As a child everything seems so big. It is for this reason that in the eyes of a child, the world can be both filled with wonder and can be intimidating at the same time. In their limited understanding about the world around them, they can become easily frightened and afraid. I remember as a child that whenever I was scared there were two people I could count on. By calling my parents I knew that they would always come to my side, and comfort me. I would be able to rest easy knowing that without fail they will do whatever that is in their power to keep me safe and not give me cause for worry. Even today, though I have grown older, I know that they will come to my aid with their support, advice, and encouragement whenever I am in distress.

But there are times when not even human help will suffice. In moments like these there is only one person in whom we can find rest, and He is more than sufficient for us. Christ is described as our Mighty Fortress and Wonderful Counselor. He will never abandon those who call upon His name. When we allow His Spirit to enter into our hearts and seek to follow after Him, we can take assurance in the fact that He is leading us according to His perfect plan for our lives. Whenever storms come along our path and we have nowhere else to turn, we can take refuge in Christ and in His promises which are revealed through His Word. By placing our trust in Him and acknowledging that He is Lord over all, He will prove to us His faithfulness and fill us with His peace as He reveals the great purposes He has in mind for every one of us. In Christ we have hope that can never be taken away and can find comfort in the knowledge that He knows what He is doing and will always strengthen and encourage us when we call upon His name.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Overflow Like A Volcano

“I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.” –Psalm 40:10 (NIV)

Does a volcano ever hold back when it erupts? We would be hard-pressed to convince ourselves that it does. I have seen footage of major volcanic eruptions and I do not believe it to be a stretch to say that volcanoes are not of the self-conscious sort. On the contrary, a volcano is not afraid to allow the magma it has stored beneath its rocky surface to be expelled into the sky and into the surrounding area. It does not say to itself that perhaps it should hold back a little and practice some self-control. Rather, it allows its lava to overflow from within and to freely pour itself over the landscape. Granted a volcanic eruption is devastating and never pleasant. But there is much to learn from its boldness.

We as humans are so unlike volcanoes. Too often we keep things to ourselves and shy away from expressing what God has done and is doing in our lives. Perhaps we fear of becoming an eyesore to others if we show His love and tell of his righteousness, and thus we resign ourselves to going with the crowd; making sure that no one knows of the work which Christ is doing within us. But when we do this, we deprive ourselves of the chance to grow in our faith and see God at work in the lives of others. When we have allowed Christ to enter our hearts and seek to abide with Him, He will cause His love and righteousness to overflow from within us. As Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7 “…God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love…”  His Spirit will embolden us to show His love to others, tell them of His righteousness with our lives, and speak of His faithfulness to us. Unlike a volcano, the overflow that will come from within us when we allow Christ’s Spirit to carry out His work will not destroy. Instead, it will only bring healing and life to all as He is made manifest in our words and actions.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.