For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
One of the truly great preachers in modern times, Dr. D. James Kennedy, said that worry is tantamount to paying interest on money that was never borrowed. And the words “fear not” appear in the Bible again and again and again. Fear is not from God. God does not want us living in fear.
My friend, we do live in a dangerous world. There is the ongoing threat of war from rogue nations such as Iran and North Korea. We also live in threat of Russia, but our biggest enemy, perhaps, is within. Our nation is becoming increasingly hostile to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You may choose to worry about war and tornados and earthquakes and famine, but I fear politicians and leaders who would end our religious liberties for the sake of political correctness. I worry about the fate of free speech in America. Yes, between the two of us, we could compile a long list of threats to our freedom, safety, and well-being. But be it violent radicals in Berkeley who are seeking to stifle free speech in America or nuclear warheads from North Korea, we live in a dangerous, hostile world.
And this is good.
Good? My friend, if this world was a safe haven free of dangers, our hearts and our affections would become fused to this world. In truth, we were made for something better. Heaven, more properly called the New Jerusalem, is where we belong. We were made for Heaven and we will not find contentment until we arrive. There, we shall meet Jesus face to face.
In my better moments, I find myself homesick for Heaven. No, I have never seen Heaven, but I was made for Heaven and my affections are there. And as the dangers in this world multiply, I become all the more convinced that I am merely a pilgrim traveling through a hostile land as I journey homeward.
Earth is not my home. Who wants to call a ravaged land filled with hatred, corruption, violence, crime, and ungodliness home? No, earth is not my home. Home is better. And I am on my way there.
Let us not fear what may come, for we have God’s assurance that our real home is just over the horizon. To borrow from C.S. Lewis, some are content making mud pies in a back alley when God offers a trip to the seashore. I want God’s best, and His best is not found on this reeling, sin-sick planet.
Let me leave you with another verse: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (I John 2:15 ESV).