Let’s get real today. What are you afraid of? I’m not talking about an irrational fear of drinking spoiled milk or having a bee fly into your mouth while you’re laughing. I’m not even talking about the fear of hamsters on steroids or rabid gerbils. I’m asking you, what is the biggest cause for worry in your life? What is that one thing, person, place, or idea that makes it hard to breathe? What scares you to death?
Maybe you don’t like me asking you because your biggest fear is acknowledging that there are uncertainties about the world we live in. Not everything is set in stone. Not everything is guaranteed. In fact, many things aren’t concrete. What makes you so sure that you’re going to wake up tomorrow? Who promised you that your heart will continue beating? Who’s to say that you won’t take your eye off the road when you’re driving and suffer the consequences? Do you think the people in your life will definitely be there forever? What if you stopped breathing? Can you really say with certainty what will occur a year from now, a month from now, a day from now, a moment from now? Are you tired of me asking you questions? I’ll admit I’m running out of things to type, and my hands are getting a bit fatigued. I have such a rough life with this whole blogging thing.
All jokes aside (because we know I’m pretty lame at it), try to focus for a minute. The point I’m trying to make is that life has no guarantees. Moments don’t always unfold the way you think they should. I’m not an expert, but I believe that every fear stems from some specific uncertainty. Those who fear spiders think to themselves, what if the spider bites me!? What if I wake up and it’s in my bed with me!? Let’s have an English lesson for a second. (Some of you might be scared of this! Ha!)
The phrase “afraid of” is one that indicates an uncertainty. You’re afraid of something that may or may not occur. You don’t know if something is going to happen or not, but you’re afraid that it might. Does that make sense? Hopefully so.
So what is my point? My point is that we live in an uncertain world. This means that we are afraid of many things. My fears may not be the same as yours, but I certainly have them. For example, I’m afraid of choking , bees, and being single for my entire life. My point in bringing all of this up is to get you to not only acknowledge that you’re afraid of something, but also that you’ll be willing to acknowledge that you need something that IS certain in your life. You need something that will never change. You need a guarantee.
A lot of you reading this are friends from high school or church, family members, or merely acquaintances. Most of you would at least say you are Christians, but there are some of you who admit that you are not. Maybe you won’t admit it, but you know it in your heart. I want you to get this. You can search the entire planet and you will NEVER find stability outside of Jesus. You can party until you die, and it will never guarantee you anything. You can pretend to be a Christian and do the whole church thing on Sunday, but that will NEVER promise you a stable life and happy feelings. Without Him, there will always be something to fear. This world and everything in it will fade away, but God never will. He is the only one who will never change. If you don’t get that, you will miss out on the One who loves you enough to be the rock of your life. It is God’s desire to hold you and this world together. He wants to tell you that you don’t have anything to fear.
I can’t imagine how afraid I would be without my Savior. I’m afraid of a lot of things, but I find peace in the knowledge that He is the ruler of my life and the ruler of the world. I don’t have to be afraid of uncertainty because His Word never changes. And I want you to know that you don’t have to be afraid either. He loves you so much.
So, I’ll ask you again. What are you afraid of?