And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Some people lump fear and confusion together: 'I'm scared and confused.' However, these two words never appear together in the New Testament and only once in the Old Testament (Exodus 23:27); at that, they refer to God's curse upon our enemies--not us.
Consider fear. If we anticipate danger, fear is a natural reaction. It heightens our senses and prepares us to act. The problem arises when we refuse to act: when fear stops us in our tracks.
But if a physically-based fear can strengthen our bodies, a spiritually-based fear can strengthen our souls. However, only one invisible fear is good: the fear of the Lord.
'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom' (Psalm 111:10); 'In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence' (Proverbs 14:26); 'The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life' (Proverbs 14:27). The benefits from a reverential awe of God are incalculable.
Should we fear men? God says no. This fear leads only to destruction; 'And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people' (Luke 22:2).
Should we fear the future? God says no: 'Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.' Read Luke 12:22-34 to remember how God provides for His children.
But what should we do when we feel fear anyway? Fear of people or circumstances beyond our control? Consider God's advice to Joshua. He faced the prospect of succeeding Moses and leading God's people into series of major wars. God said three times: 'Be strong and of good courage' (Joshua 1:6,7,9).
Therefore, Joshua moved beyond his fear to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. So shall actors, models and talent for Christ move beyond their fear into the Promised Land of Entertainment. The result?
'Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you... No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you' (Joshua 1:3,5).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear and Confusion series.