Day 14: The End of Fear

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people… to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear.” (Luke 1:66, 74) There is a popular Christmas song that unwittingly instills fear in the hearts of little ones. You know it well. It goes like this: “You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why…He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows if you’re awake. … Continue reading Day 14: The End of Fear

Fearing and Hoping in God

In Psalm 147:11, we read, “But the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”  We are called to both fear God and hope in him.  John Piper points out in his book The Pleasures of God that, usually, for us in life it is either one or the other.  If you fear someone, you hope in someone else to save you.  It’s not that way with God. God’s wrath is awful.  He could punish us at any minute and could extinguish us from all existence for all eternity.  As the author … Continue reading Fearing and Hoping in God