“I tell you my friends, don’t be afraid of people who can kill the body but after that can do nothing more to hurt you. I will show you the one to fear. Fear the one who has the power to kill you and also to throw you into hell. Yes, this is the one you should fear. Five sparrows are sold for only two pennies, and God does not forget any of them. But God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows. (Luke 12:4-7)
As a child, William Paul Young was repeatedly raped by the New Guinea tribe where his parents served as missionaries. His life was full of fear and pain. In his book, The Shack, Missy was a little girl who was abducted. Her father, Mack, was afraid of what happened to her anvd blamed himself. God invited Mack to the shack to address his pain and fears.
We all have fears and the pain associated with them. Many fear they aren’t good enough and will be laughed at or rejected. We’re afraid of what others think or events and sickness that could lead to death. Jesus addresses our fears saying people don’t have the power to hurt or kill us unless we give them that power. If we’re going to fear something, we should fear God who has the power to hurt and kill. But don’t fear God because he cherishes the sparrows and you much more. He knows everything about you, down to how many hairs you have on your head. He understands and loves you very much.
If you’re afraid and don’t know Jesus, The Shack brings him to life. William Paul Young shows how his personal pain and fears were resolved through God’s love. God wants to resolve your pain and fears also.
Dearest Heavenly Father, I’m afraid. What if someone discovers I’m not good enough or what I’ve done. Help me understand I shouldn’t have those fears. I am worthy because I’m Your child. I am righteous because you’ve forgiven me. If I’m abandoned, you will never leave me. Thank you. Let me always hear You whisper. “Do not be afraid.” In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen