Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 9:1-3
St. Francis de Sales starts today’s reflection thus: “It will be quite enough to receive the evils which come upon us from time to time, without anticipating them by the imagination.” The Anakites were enormous people, some seven to nine feet tall; they used their stature to intimidate rather than for noble causes. Their appearance alone frightened the Israelite spies (Num. 13:28). The imaginary fear of these wicked tribe was probably one of the reasons that kept the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness. This is a fear that when not well-managed, can lead to lots of crisis and spiritual challenges. For fear hinders our spiritual growth and opens the door to demonic afflictions and stronghold. It is most times suffered silently. Drawing a message from Charles Spurgeon’s teaching on Needless Fear in the year 1874, he cautions us thus, “Many of God’s people are constantly under apprehensions of calamities which will never occur to them, and they suffer far more in merely fear of the unknown. There are rivers in their way, and they are anxious to know how they shall wade through them, or swim across them. There are no such rivers in existence, but they are agitated and distressed about them. An old proverb says, “Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it;” but these timid people are continually crossing bridges that only exist in their foolish fancies. They stab themselves with imaginary daggers, they starve themselves in imaginary famines, and even bury themselves in imaginary graves. We are such strange creatures that we probably suffer more under blows which never fall upon us than we do under those which do actually come. The rod of God does not strike us as sharply as the rod of our own imagination does; our groundless fears are our chief tormentors, and when we are able to abolish our self-inflictions, all the worries of the world become light and easy. However, it is a pity that Christians who have the gift of faith in Christ, should fall into so guilty and at the same time so painful a habit as fearing the oppressor who does not come, and who will never come.” Continue to hear the reassuring voice of the Savior in the midst of life’s seeming dangers. He is our All-time Helper.
Jer 3:14-17; Ps 31:10.11-12ab.13(R.10d); Accl Lk 8:15; Gosp Mt 13:18-23 WEEKDAY
- Restore to me the confidence that drives unnecessary fear in my life.
- I reject every message of fear being released into my mind by the evil one.
- Thank You, Holy Spirit, for bringing these things to my remembrance that when I am tempted to be afraid, I will trust in my God. In Jesus name. Amen.
Exercise: Stop the flow of fearful messages to your mind.
Meditation: Isaiah 51:13-14