My parents have long since proven their mortality as I shall one day prove mine. They both died bravely… even more so they lived bravely. Mom’s favorite verse was 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Her favorite hymn, “The Love of God.” Its refrain, “O love of God, how rich and pure! / How measureless and strong! / It shall forevermore endure / The saints’ and angels’ song.” Mom was convinced of the Love of God for her, for me… for all souls. It was because she knew His Love for her that she could so assuredly give Him her cares, and urge me to do likewise.
It is the fact of God’s great Love for us that all fear of death, of suffering, of persecution, may be cast off from us. Fears will come upon us – even the Apostle Paul experienced fears, confessing “…we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us…” (2 Cor. 7:5-6). Remembering our God is with us… loving us… having our best interest in heart, can calm our cares. We have His promise:
“You [Lord God] will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” (Isa. 26:3).
Fear is a lie. It is a roar from “our adversary the devil.” (1 Pet. 5:8). All he utters are lies. Resist him steadfast (v.9). Speak, with David, the Truth of God,
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” (Ps. 118:6) and His Peace will be yours.