By that urging are many senior citizens motivated to stretch, yoga, lift weights, jog, run marathons, swim oceans, and climb mountain ranges. For most of us, following that command leaves us with no fear of losing either our mouths or our anxious imaginations. We use our mouth for eating and of course, talking. Our anxious imaginations are quicker and easier to use, and enjoy a furious workout on many a day. What are we so afraid of?
And with that question, some of us could produce a list of staggering length without even trying very hard. There are indeed many things that we can be afraid of in this world...but living in such a state was not the command of our Lord! From the very beginning of His life, the angel announced, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all the people!" (Luke 2:10) Immediately after that, the angel told the cowering shepherds of the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. Good news we have from Him; great joy He provides to us. And like one of the little sheep who didn't quite understand the big event of that Christmas night, we still cower in fear at times. Therefore, when this Christ child was all growed up, He said it again: "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)
And that, my friends in Christ, is our command for each day when the fearful things rise up all around us and inside of us.Bucky