It’s what angels say whenever they show up because they put off a very bright white light that would be quite alarming to any mortal. It’s also what Jesus said when He surprised His disciples with an unexpected show of His miraculous power, such as when He appeared to them in the middle of the night walking on the water, or when He showed up in their midst after His resurrection in the upper room with the doors locked. Don’t be afraid; it’s me.
There is so much to cause us fear today. So much we don’t understand. So much truth and untruth to sort through that you become afraid simply because you can’t sort it out. You don’t know who to believe. And almost everyone, including many Christian leaders, is using fear to incite and motivate people to certain ends. It’s very effective.
But one thing is certain. If anyone is utilizing fear like this in a Christian context, it is not of God, because when Jesus shows up, He always says, “Fear not.” Jesus banishes all fear. “Perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “Abba! Father” (Romans 8:15)! Sons and daughters, crying out the equivalent of “Daddy!” with arms open wide. No fear there — total trust. This is what we need right now.
Believe me, it’s so tempting to keep checking the news — feeling the fear quotient rise. Don’t give in to the fear.
Trust God. Don’t be afraid. Let all else go.