Daily Devotional Luke 12:4-7 – Should we fear God? – Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 271

“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

Daily Devotional Luke 12:4-7 – Should we fear God? – Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 271

4 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Luke 12:4-7 – Should we fear God? – Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 271

    1. Karen, I’m so happy this devotional touched you. So many Christian commentaries separate Luke 12:4-5 from Luke 12:6-7 making people think that God wants us to fear Him. God is all about love. Thanks for yours. Blessings, Jody

  1. This devotion brought tears to my eyes. In my mind, it will always be the love of God and never the fear of God. I do not understand the statement made by Jesus, “People do not have the power to hurt or kill us unless we give them that power.” People are killed all the time and people are hurt all the time, and we don’t give them power to do that to us.

    1. Thanks for your input. That didn’t make sense, and I will rewrite it today. God doesn’t want us to fear him, only to respect him. So many separate the fear portion from the love portion of this Scripture and God wants us to read it in context.

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