Light of the World: Why Be Afraid

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Psalm 27:1:

The Lord is my light and my salvation—

so why should I be afraid?

In his book Everybody Always, Bob Goff shares a story about his neighbor being diagnosed with cancer. While the diagnosis was heavy on her heart, Bob did something a little unusual – he purchase a pair of walkie talkies, keeping one in his house and one by her bed at all times. His plan was a success. At the push of a button she could talk with her trusted neighbors. No longer did she feel isolated and alone. No longer did she feel afraid. 

Our world gives us many reasons to be afraid. Companies use FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) in advertisements by saying things like, “This product will change your life!” News Media outlets use fear in their broadcasting, “If so-and-so is elected, here are all the horrible things that will happen!” We may not even recognize how many messages we hear every day that are based in fear. 

It’s no wonder the most issued command in all of Jesus’ teachings is this — Be not afraid. 


PSALM 27:1, 1 JOHN 4:18

If you had to guess, how many “fear-based” messages do you think you hear every day? 

What can you do today (this week, this month, this year) to better limit the amount of fear-based messages you hear every day? 


Heavenly Father, I recognize that there are probably more fear-based messages I hear every day than I may realize. Help me to recognize unhealthy, ungodly fears, and instead keep my focus fixated on You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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