Feb 7, 2014

Living With Fear

Last week, I preached in part on the fear of judgment and Micah’s prophecy that opened in a courtroom. Fear is real and has been with us since Aesop, who produced this fable:

Long ago, the mice held a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a proposal to make, which he thought would meet the case. “You will all agree,” said he, “that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous manner in which the enemy approaches us. Now, if we could receive some signal of her approach, we could easily escape from her. I venture, therefore, to propose that a small bell be procured, and attached by a ribbon round the neck of the Cat. By this means we should always know when she was about, and could easily retire while she was in the neighborhood.” The proposal met with general applause, until an old mouse got up and said: “That is all very well, but who is going to bell the Cat?”

The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke. Then the old mouse said: “It is easy to propose impossible remedies” (The Fables of Aesop, Macmillan, London, 1979, pp. 159-160).

Our remedy for fear is simply our faith and hope in the love of God. This God, who loved us enough to create us, also loved enough not to leave us as we are. To live in the “fear of the Lord” is to know that our Creator sustains us to the end, as well as receives us into our eternal home.



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