Jeremiah 46:27 Do Not Be Afraid

Child standing by lake

Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jeremiah 46:27 

Throughout history there have been times of great death and destruction. Nations fighting nations. People fighting people. Sickness, death being rampant among groups of people.

As these things occur, many people are afraid. They are scared of dying. They fear the pain and suffering that could be coming to them. Many desire to escape what is occurring around them, yet, appear to have no way out.

God tells the people of Judah and Israel to not fear. They are in exile and are beginning to see the destruction of nations around them. They are fearing that the destruction will come upon them. Yet, God tells them that He will save them from the destruction.

Death and destruction of nations and people are still occurring to this day. God raises up and breaks down nations. People are scared of dying and sickness.

In the middle of all of this death and destruction are the believers. In a sense believers are in exile from their real home of heaven with God. They have to live their physical lives out here on this earth amidst the death.

Many see what is occurring around them and begin to fear. They wonder if God is really in control or if they will die in the process also.

God tells every believer to not be afraid. God has given His promise to save everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus and believes in Him.

At some point every believer will be called to go home to heaven to be with the Father for eternity. He will be removed from this death and destruction on this earth. There is no reason to fear what is happening.

As you watch what is going on around you, you may see a lot of death and destruction. Chaos is destroying nations, families, businesses, and more. You may wonder if you will be a part of the dying statistics.

Do not forget that Jesus has promised you His salvation for you. Even if you should die, you will live in the end. This world is not your final home. You have eternity with God to look forward too.

While you keep this in mind, all fear can be removed. While the world will end in destruction around you, you will live for eternity. Do not fear.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus gives; that you will know God’s plan for you; that God will remove all fear of death in your heart; and that you will be a witness of God’s control and love.

Genesis 15:1 A Very Great Reward

Great reward

After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1

Rewards are something that a person gets for doing something good. They are coveted by many people. Often the work being done, is done in order to get reward. People want to be recognized for their work.

What the reward is can be different and diverse as the there are people. Rewards can be money, a plaque, a key, one’s picture posted up on a wall, a piece of metal, or one of many other things.

The reward can also be non-physical things, such as the satisfaction of a job well done, the joy on someone else’s face, peace, or safety. Many people find their reward in joy in knowing that they had accomplished something or helped someone else.

None of these rewards are necessarily good or bad, they are just rewards that people get. However, there is one reward that a person can get that supersedes all other rewards.

Abram had successfully rescued his nephew Lot from some kings. He was offered a great monetary reward, but he turned it down. When he turned it down, God stepped in an told Abram to not be afraid, that He was his very great reward.

The greatest reward a person can ever get is God, Himself. Having God in one’s life is the best that a person can get. God is eternal and perfect love. He is all-powerful and in control. When God is a person’s reward, he does not need to fear, he has absolutely everything that he could ever want or need. The person has the best thing possible.

Every person has the ability to have God as his reward. All he must do is believe in and follow Jesus. God will then become his very great reward. With that reward comes peace, joy, and eternal life. There is no other need that a person will ever have.

As you are going through this life, do not look for the rewards that people give, but look to the reward God is willing to give you. He gives Himself to you. Having God in your life is more than you will ever need. God will provide for more than any other reward given.

Are you satisfied with having God as your very great reward?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that God will be all that you need; that you will know God as your very great reward; and that God will remove all fear in your life. 

John 14:27 Unusual Peace

Calm Lake

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

As Jesus is giving His last words to the disciples, before being taken captive and crucified, He tells them that He wants to give them peace. This is a different type of peace and so the disciples are not to be afraid.

Talk of peace is something that is common around the world. Very few people are really against having peace. Many countries are talking about wanting peace, sometimes in their own country, other times between two other nations. Peace treaties are discussed among nations all the time. Yet, true peace is never found.

The majority of the people in this world see peace as just the absence of conflict or trouble. The look at a calm lake with no ripples in it and think of peace. While this is true to a point, that is not the peace that Jesus was giving the disciples.

Jesus gave a peace that an individual can experience between himself and God. In that peace it can be one of no conflict or struggles.

God’s peace is unusual. He never promised that there would be no other conflicts or struggles. In fact, Jesus promised that a believer will have trouble in this world. He said that believers would be hated and persecuted. To the normal mind, this is not peace, but trouble and fear.

The peace that Jesus gave was that God is with the believer and that no matter what happens, God is still in control and will win in the end. The believer can have peace knowing that in the end he will win because he is in Christ Jesus and God is on his side. That brings a peace that the world cannot understand.

As you are going through struggles and troubles in this world or are seeing the conflicts in this world, look to God. Seek His peace. Rest in His promises that He would keep you, guide you and be with you always. Know that God will win in the end and you will win with Him.

Knowing these things will bring an unusual peace, despite the troubles this world can show or cause. Do not be anxious or worried in fear. Accept God’s peace.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that you will trust God is in control; that you will allow God to guide you in this life; and that you will be ready for when Jesus returns.