(Aunt Grace counting hairs at the 2013 Brewer family reunion. Didn’t take long.)
“Do not be afraid of [what can] kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:27–31, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What are you afraid of? Covid-19? Unemployment? The growing divide in our country (race, economic, political, generational)? Foreign threats? Deep state? Pending medical tests? Security in retirement? Male pattern baldness? Okay, maybe not that last one. Real or imagined there are many things that cause us fear in this life. Some may seem trivial, others can lead to crippling anxiety and dread.
During the Great depression, another period of great fear and uncertainty, President Roosevelt famously declared, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Not exactly true, but I think his point was that sometimes our fear is a greater enemy to our overall well-being than the thing that we are fearing. So much so that its paralyzing effect can prevent us from taking action to preempt the thing that we are so fearful of.
Jesus put this into much better perspective than President Roosevelt. We can be so preoccupied with the cares and fears of this life that we ignore, or fail to seriously consider, the One who has the solution to all our fears. That is the one thing we should really be fearful of. To rephrase what President Roosevelt said, the only thing to fear is death apart from Christ. We ignore at our own peril.
My Advice – Accepting Christ may not take away the things we fear in this life, but it will take away the fear of what happens after this life. And even if He does not remove the things we fear (there are greater things going on around us apart from our here-and-now well-being), we are not forgotten, He who knows when the lowly sparrow falls, knows what is going on our life. He knows even more than we can possibly imagine, even as trivial the the number of hairs on our head. If you’re a male Brewer, well He knows how many you’ve lost.
Want to get rid of the ultimate fear? If you have not accepted Christ, He’s waiting with open arms. If you have already accepted Christ, do not let the fears of this world overwhelm you. Take Heart! He has overcome the world, and if you are in Christ you are an overcomer too. Tap into His all sufficient grace to see you through your fears.
Post Script: At the 2013 Brewer family reunion, six of the twelve siblings were still with us. The six that had already passed on were Earl (KIA in WWII), Ozelma, Gene, Helen, Frank Jr., and Dorothy. Since then Grace (front center), my dad John (front left), Roy (front right). Still with us are (back row left to right) Shirley. Alice and Mary Jane.