26. LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

ADAM WAS THE first man, and in many ways the rest of us have followed his example. He confessed to God when confronted in the Garden, “I was afraid … and hid” (Genesis 3:10). We, too, are prone to be fearful, though most of our fears are either unfounded or plain silly.

Jesus gives His disciples the assurance, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Yet we are still afraid: of the Bomb, of a lesser war, of financial disaster. We are afraid of losing popularity, or a bit of prestige among associates, or a thousand other things.

We need to learn the lesson of I John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” Many of our fears tell on us-that we either do not love God as we should, or we do not believe Him when He says that He loves us.

In a dangerous storm at sea, the passengers were preparing to abandon ship. Suddenly someone discovered a little girl playing on a bed with her dolls. When asked if she were not afraid, she calmly replied with a toss of her little head, “No, the captain is my daddy!”

In the storms of life let us learn to say, “I’m not afraid. The Captain is my Daddy!”