Fear Not

Johann Christoph Arnold

“Dozens dead, hundreds injured” scream the headlines all over the world. But it seems to me that amid all the tumult, we are missing the most important thing. If 9/11 really changed us (as so many people claim) then why are we once again seeking protection in heightened security and military might? If we have really seen enough bloodshed and violence, then why aren’t we turning to God for help?

Biblical history shows us that whenever we think we have the answers and try to take world events into our hands, God withdraws from us. It was only when the children of Israel realized that their own strength had come to an end, and cried out to God, that he intervened and helped them. If God led the children of Israel out of Egypt, how much more will he help us today?

Anyone who is familiar with the Gospels knows that this message shines from every page: “Fear not; I am with you to the end of the age.” If we claim to be followers of Jesus, shouldn’t it shine through our lives as well?