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But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10

You can’t really blame the shepherds for trembling in fear that night. Never before had there been a scene like the one played out in the hills of Bethlehem. An angel, a messenger from the most high God appears and the entire sky lights up. Not a flash, like lightning, but a light no doubt bright as the sun.

“Don’t be afraid.”

Words of assurance. Words of hope. Words of comfort. Words that remind us, when we are faced with things we don’t understand, or things that keep us up at night, that there is a power greater than our need that can conquer whatever obstacle lies before us.

God isn’t in the business of doing the spectacular to show his power, but he’ll show his power to calm our fears. That was the message of the Angle song. Don’t be afraid.

Don’t be afraid when business is down and the bills go up.

Don’t be afraid when the tension of the relationship flares up.

Don’t be afraid when you don’t have any place else to turn to; you feel abandoned; you feel alone.

Don’t be afraid when all the things you counted on as being secure begin to crumble.

Don’t be afraid when things happen you don’t understand and are beyond your control.

Why? Because there is one who understands. There is one who guides the seen and the unseen. One who knows the answer to your situation and is able and willing to comfort your fears and restore hope in your darkness.

What fear are you dealing with today? The song of the Angels is for you. God wants to reassure you of his love, of his message of hope, forgiveness, grace and mercy.

Who do you know that is in bondage to fear, doubt and worry? Perhaps the Father is nudging you to be a message of hope and consolation to them.

To the shepherds the reassurance came through the angels’ song. Where are you getting your reassurance today? From the packages under the tree? From the songs of hope and cheer? From the parties and hustle and bustle of the holidays. We all know those things will be gone in a moments time.

The Father’s message is the same to us today as it was when he appeared to the shepherds. His message is one of reassurance and hope for all people regardless of what troubles them.

For those who fear the Angel song brings hope. For those who know Christ, the Angel song reminds us to share that hope with those who are in bondage to the cares of this world.

PRAYER: Father God. Thank you for the Angel’s reminder to each of us that we have nothing to fear. Empower me to live in your confidence and to share that hope with those in need of comfort. Amen.

 

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