by Randy Chambers, 2011-12-21
Psalm 112:1, 7-8, NIV: Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears
the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands…He will have no fear of bad
news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will
have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
Inscribed in slogan, printed on shirts, and promoted in commercials; the words,
“No Fear” exemplify a modern mindset of force and determination. Many of us
today may buy into such philosophy—the idea that if you fear nothing, you will
fail at nothing—if you do not succumb, you will succeed. And yet, there is much
fear. There is fear of rejection, failure, loss, and fear of so much more. The
world would have you believe that if you believe in yourself strong enough, that
you will conquer fear. But it is not we who conquer but Christ who conquers fear
in us. With Christ, we need not fear anything, but we can find contentment in
everything. And it does not have to be a false kind of contentment as that we
may find through self-determination. Through Christ, it is a lasting
contentment—and through this, we truly can have no fear.