The other day I stopped behind a car at a traffic light. The woman driver in front of me had a bumper sticker on her car that read: “I’m Out of Estrogen. And I’ve Got A Gun.”
Pretty funny … I kept my distance.
This bumper sticker came to mind as I thought of three challenging, fear-producing events in the news that have recently touched our lives:
– Locally, the fuel shortage has produced nervousness and inconvenience in people’s hearts and lives.
– Nationally, the collapse of various financial institutions bring warnings of a national and, possibly, a global financial meltdown.
– Internationally, Russia has moved bombers to Venezuela, established closer ties with Syria and provided modern defense systems for Iran. At the same time, Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, calls for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth while he continues his quest for nuclear bombs to accomplish that goal.
On every front, it seems, we are living in a world out of estrogen – and they have guns!
The obvious response, the human response, the response of the natural man is to point fingers, affix the blame and cower in the corner – hoping the people we point fingers at will find solutions to problems far greater than our ability to solve personally.
But, for the Christian, this is not a time to be afraid. In fact, there is never a time for a Christian, a child of the King, an heir of God and joint heir with Christ to be afraid (Romans 8.17).
In 1 John we read, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)
The context of the scripture concerns judgment but the application for every area of our lives is obvious. Think about this:
Perfect love = perfect trust
When we trust our hearts to the God Who loved us first, when we allow Him to love through us, then our love is perfected by His perfect love. When we allow Him to love through us, then we are assured of His Presence and our trust in Him grows and grows and grows.
But another equation must follow the perfect trust we have through His perfect love:
Perfect trust = complete provision
When we trust the Lord’s perfect love for each one of us, then we begin to trust His hand. Think about it, if God is All-Mighty and All-Knowing, and All-Loving, would He hold back anything we really need? Could there be any malevolent force in heaven or on earth that could possibly stop His hand? His love is an absolute and utterly perfect love, it is agape love – a sacrificial love, and He WILL provide now and always.
It does not matter how long the fuel lines become; it does not matter how much money is lost in a strained financial system; it does not matter how mighty the evil empires of the world may appear or how many threats they breathe – GOD IS STILL GOD! That will never change.
God is still my God and He is still your God. There is no need to be afraid.
There is no need to fear the past:
AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE.” (Hebrews 8.12b)
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103.12)
There is no need to fear the present:
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4.19)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed (2 Corinthians 9.8)
There is no need to fear the future:
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. (1 John 4.4)
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14.1-2)
In Mark 5, Jesus was met by Jairus, a synagogue official, who begged Jesus to come and lay hands on his dying daughter. While dealing with the woman who had the hemorrhage, people from Jairus’ house approached “who said, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?’ As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe.’” (Mark 5.35-36)
Remember, perfect trust = complete provision because our Father God, the Provider, has made perfect trust possible through His perfect love instilled in our hearts.
Amid the wailing and weeping in that house, Jesus announced, “The child has not died, but is asleep.” He then took the 12-year-old child by the hand and said, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” When the Resurrection and the Life commands the dead to arise, there is no hesitation. The little girl got up and walked.
Do not be afraid, only believe. Do not be afraid, love Him perfectly; trust Him absolutely; and watch Him move in Your life. He does love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31.3)