Christmas is a time of year when the world becomes more receptive to learning about the Savior as they celebrate His birth. While we do not know exactly when Jesus was born, we do know for certain that He was born. And it’s a great time to share precious truths about His love with those who haven’t learned to fully trust in God.
Learning to trust fearlessly provides tremendous benefit to our lives. Life is full of anxieties and great unknowns, but we can truly be at peace when we learn to trust God fearlessly. With our trust placed firmly in Jesus, we can endure anything.
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed.”
~ Psalm 46:1, 2
“Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me.”
~ Psalm 23:4
One constant appears in the Bible whenever God approaches humans. We see it several times in Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus. As the angel approaches Mary to announce that she will bear God’s Son he says to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary.” Likewise, Zechariah is startled by an angel who urges him, “Do not be afraid.” Even the angel who appears to the shepherds has to comfort them: “Be not afraid.”
Jesus Himself assures His followers, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” The night He walks on the water toward the disciples they are petrified. But Jesus affirms to them, “It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Elsewhere He comforts us with, “Fear not, little flock.” Even after the Resurrection an angel says to the women seeking Jesus’ body, “Do not be afraid.” Then Jesus appears to the hiding disciples and reassures, “Do not be afraid.”
Do we get it? Just as we don’t want our own children to live in fear, God doesn’t want us, His children, to live in fear. By sharing the truth about the Savior with others, that He is kind, loving, and that He truly cares about us, you can help people experience the many benefits of a trusting relationship with their Creator.