Fearlessness

You know the term “friend of a friend?”  I have a habit of finding interesting things to read online via “link of a link.”  A couple of weeks ago I found my way to an article by John Piper entitled “The Beautiful Faith of Fearless Submission.”  I actually didn’t read the article from beginning to end, since it was about a wife submitting to her husband, and I just have no reason to be interested in that topic at the moment.  However, my eyes lingered on this paragraph:

Fearlessness

The next thing to see about Christian womanhood after hope in God is the fearlessness that it produces in these women. So verse 5 said that the holy women of old hoped in God. And then verse 6 gives Sarah, Abraham’s wife, as an example and then refers to all other Christian women as her daughters. Verse 6b: “And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.”\

So this portrait of Christian womanhood is marked first by hope in God and then what grows out of that hope, namely, fearlessness. She does not fear the future; she laughs at the future. The presence of hope in the invincible sovereignty of God drives out fear. Or to say it more carefully and realistically, the daughters of Sarah fight the anxiety that rises in their hearts. They wage war on fear, and they defeat it with hope in the promises of God.

Mature Christian women know that following Christ will mean suffering. But they believe the promises like 1 Peter 3:14, “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,” and 1 Peter 4:19, “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”

That is what Christian women do: They entrust their souls to a faithful Creator. They hope in God. And they triumph over fear.

I love this topic of fearlessness!  I certainly have my paranoid moments of basically being afraid of the dark.  I also have moments of fearing the future, what will come of a new situation, being afraid of the unknown.  For some reason, reading this passage made me think, “What do I have to be afraid of???”  No matter what happens, God has my life, every detail of it, in his hands.  My “faithful Creator” is holding onto me, whether I am rejoicing in happiness or whether I am struggling with difficulty.  Fear, or the temptation to fear, can just be a reminder for me to trust God.  And hopefully I’ll get better at trusting Him without needing fear to remind me to do it. 

Not very well put, but I hope you catch my drift. 

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