#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
As gloomy and frightening as this is, it’s important for us to take away one thing: we do not have to face these trials alone. Let’s revisit the opening words: Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Do not be afraid. Why? Because God is with you. He’s with you now, and He’s with you in the coming suffering. He knows what you’re about to go through because He’s omnipresent; He’s already there, in the future, with you in the midst of whatever trouble lies before you.
Now, I’m a worrier. I hate not knowing what tomorrow holds, and I tend to expect and dread the worst. But this verse evaporates all worries. In the last sentence, God asks us to be faithful, even to the point of death. He promises that, even as your suffering leads you to your last breath, at the end of it all, He will be waiting for you. He will be there, welcoming you into eternity with Him. You and I, just like Jesus, will exit this life as crowning victors, conquerors of even the grave.
So yes. Suffering is coming. But so is God’s power to carry us through it. All of our worries and fears, no matter how small or big, are rendered invalid. I mean, If God can allow us to defeat even death itself, what do we have to fear?
Jennifer Oliver is a Licensed Practical Nurse and Blogger at Lifeisforlivingblog.com who lives in Huntsville, Alabama. Jennifer and her husband have adopted two abandoned dogs: Annie, a cuddly Jack Russell Terrier mix, and Brenna, a silly, chunky, five-year-old black lab.