Have I not commanded you? “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1: 9

 

And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”

Matthew 17: 7

 

What is there  to fear; why has the subject of fearlessness been on the lips of God throughout history? I am certain that you face your life with a boldness that leaves absolutely no doubt about where you are going and what you stand for, for strength of character and confidence in all situations and circumstances are common to the human condition, aren’t they?

 

At this point in the dialogue, I am assuming that your experience of life is really different from mine; and from Joshua’s; and  from Peter, James, and John’s. The Lord felt the need to tell all of us that we did not need to be afraid when we are in His presence, and we do not have any reason to be afraid when He is present with us, either.

 

Through God’s gracious love we can stand tall in this life; this is not because of prideful arrogance, but it is due to Christ’s transformational work in our hearts. As we have been dressed in the purity of Christ and given a place in the throne room of God, our life in the here and now has been elevated to one that is lived in the glory and the honor that is God’s. We simply need to recognize our new reality, and we need to decide to live in it.

 

Jesus tells us to, “Arise”; He wants us to get up out of our self-imposed misery of fear, and He will take us forward into the promised land of a life in which every minute is lived in God’s purpose and with His blessing.