“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isa. 41:10). What a passage of scripture- what a promise from God! Fear is common to humanity; it’s a reality of life in this world. Yet God’s word repeatedly admonishes against fear, encourages us to not be fearful, assures us that we need not fear, as long as we walk faithfully with God.
The news media has been filled with reports of the untimely death of yet another celebrity icon. The cause of death was initially unconfirmed, and determination of possible contributing factors might not be known for some weeks. However, a lifestyle of drugs, and possible addiction, appeared to be common knowledge.
Do you matter? Many people feel that, in the greater scheme of things, they do not matter. In some cases, such a mindset is the result of depression. For some people, low self-esteem convinces them that they do not matter. There are those who want to make a difference but feel helpless and, in frustration, declare that they just don’t matter. Others want to escape responsibility for having to do anything, so they absolve themselves from that responsibility by declaring that they don’t matter. Whatever the reasoning used, it is a sad state to believe that you do not matter.
When asked, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”, Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:36-37). Truly, we should love God with every bit of our being. It cannot be just a spoken love. It must be a love that is openly expressed by who we are and how we think, talk and act. One of the paramount features of a Christian’s life is that it is lived it to the glory of God.
Gary L. Hutchens