I'm not afraid of a lot of things.
New situations don't scare me, change doesn't scare me, physical danger doesn't scare me. I don't mind my kids climbing trees or learning how to shoot guns. If my son wants to play football...that's fine. If my daughters want to bungee jump...that's okay too.
In fact when I was 19 years old my dad and I tried very hard to get into East Berlin when there were riots going on. He is probably my genetic link to danger and excitement.
I still regret that we were told we couldn't cross the border.
I've never seen a riot in person.
I like to think I am bulletproof.
But I'm not.
The things that scare me are far more insidious.
The creep of moral decay in our culture and what effect it will have on my children and grandchildren....THAT scares me.
A culture that is slowly turning against Christians...
The Biblical prophesy of Christians suffering...
Bitterness, regret and cynicism sneaking into my life...
I worry about those things.
But do you know what God told me this morning?
He told me that all these things that I'm scared of could happen in my lifetime.
Christians could be persecuted in the United States
(They are being persecuted right now all over the world...if you don't believe me
it's an eye opener.
But in the same chapter that talks about persecution God says this:
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside of your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth much more than sparrows."
God does not say that nothing bad will happen.
He says that when the bad things happen he will be right by your side caring for you.
Even in death or torture or hunger or complete terror...he is not gone.
He sees everything you are going through in this sad, sad world.
He does not look away or flinch.
He is well aware of what is going on down here and we weeps for us and is angry that everything has gone this far awry.
And one day he will come back and wipe all the tears from our eyes.
He will get rid of every evil thing...every evil thought...every evil action.
He will bring justice.
When it all ends (and it ends for everyone), he will be the face we see as we pass from this life to the next.
And then we will feel foolish for thinking he had forgotten us.
He'll tell us the numbers of hair on our heads if we would like to know that crazy thing.
He will have the answer because he know us so intimately.
He will have the answer as to why things went as they did in our lives.
And we won't be scared ever again.