December 19, 2017
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah… (Luke 1:5-25)
How many times have we read the words, “Do not be afraid” in the Gospels? Angels spoke these words to Mary, Joseph, Zechariah, and others. Jesus often spoke these words to calm His disciples.
With those simple words, God sends us two distinct messages:
First, He acknowledges our fear. He knows that what He asks of us is not easy; it makes us anxious. We worry about our worthiness, our ability, and the strength of our conviction. We are afraid because we don’t know if we can do it alone.
The second message addresses this fear. He wants us to know that we are not alone. He is here for us. He walks with us and wants to help.
God’s full message is: “Do not be afraid…we are in this together.”