Category Archives: fear
They don’t believe the man’s oft-repeated story of his healing, so they send for Mom and Dad. This must have been traumatic for them. They are interrupted as they are presumably looking at brochures for a sight-seeing tour for their son and are hauled onto the carpet to be interrogated by frustrated, angry Pharisees!
They are grilled with three questions: (1) “Is this your son?”; (2) “Is this the one you say was born blind?”; (3) “How is it that now he can see?” The first two questions are easy to answer, although some parents might have been tempted for reasons of self-interest to not claim this man as their son. But how in the world were they to answer the third question?!
If you were to list your top 10 fears in life (being tossed in a pit with rattlesnakes, becoming the hairdresser for President Trump, etc.), would being tossed out of the local church be one of them? For many of us, if that were to happen, we might just say as we were walking out, “I NEVER LIKED THE COLOR OF THE CARPET ANYWAY!” And then just go to the church down the street.
To the Pharisees acknowledging Jesus as the cause of this man’s healing meant (virtually) acknowledging Him as the Promised Messiah. And that they could not allow! So the parents pass the buck — back to their wide-eyed son. (to be continued)
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.
4 You are radiant with light,
more majestic than mountains rich with game.
5 The valiant lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands.
6 At your rebuke, God of Jacob,
both horse and chariot lie still.
7 It is you alone who are to be feared.
Who can stand before you when you are angry?
8 From heaven you pronounced judgment,
and the land feared and was quiet—
9 when you, God, rose up to judge,
to save all the afflicted of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,
and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.
11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;
let all the neighboring lands
bring gifts to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
he is feared by the kings of the earth.
I don’t think clearly when I’m hungry, either! How about you?
What are the monsters under your bed? Have they identified themselves? Are they hungry for your soul?
The monster I am thinking of today is . . . FEAR. What things keep you up at night? What anxieties work you over as you are trying to get some rest? Our culture suggests that fear is only a negative emotion, something that stifles our creativity and inhibits our success.
The Bible has a lot to say about fear. For example, it says that “the fear of man brings a snare.” (Prov. 29:25). Here is the verse in the New King James: 25 The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” There is an alternative to fearing man — it is trusting in the Lord.
There is plenty to fear in life — but I can choose to trust in the Lord. My hope and faith must not be in fallible man (especially in myself), but in Him! HE is to be feared, for “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction,” we read in Proverbs 1:7. We are told in Psalm 111:10 that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”
These cats were terrified by a cucumber! It makes me ask, what do I fear? We are all familiar with Franklin D. Roosevelt in his Inaugural Address on March 4, 1933, when he said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Really?
The Bible is quite clear that the beginning of wisdom is the FEAR of the Lord. What are you afraid of? I’m afraid of disappointing the Lord, of not following His best for me, of not being useful to His purposes and His kingdom, of frittering away my days and months.
Got any fears? I’d love to hear what they are.
This is a picture of one of our grandchildren (we have four) from last Christmas. Isaac (Amy and Thom’s older child) was terrified by Santa!
Second, he “sees you when you’re sleeping”???!?!! What? I don’t want some jolly, overweight, bearded guy watching me when I’m sleeping. That’s just creepy.
Third, sometimes Santa doesn’t do such a great job. I’m reminded of the child who wrote a letter to GOD which said, “God, you gave me a baby brother for Christmas. I asked for a puppy!” Sometimes Santa doesn’t give us what we ask for, does he?
Fifth, why hasn’t PETA gotten after him for reindeer-abuse? I mean, he must push those critters pretty hard to get his presents out to every girl and boy in the world! And what does he do with the really sloooowwww ones? Hmmmm. Reindeer venison stew?
1. What terrifies you about Santa?
2. What terrifies you about Christmas?