“In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise—in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”Psalm 56:10-11
The Bible encourages you to “fear not” many, many times. Some have even said a form of “fear not” can be found 365 times in the Bible, giving you a word of encouragement for each day of the year. Your heavenly Father knows that due to your sinful nature and the fallen world you live in, fear is eminent every day. He also knows that fear can strongly motivate or freeze you to the point of not thinking straight. Yet God calls you to trust in Him daily, regardless of the circumstances. Don’t fear Him; He’s not out to get you or trying to get even with you. Jesus already paid for every single sin of yours—past, present, and future—on the cross.
To be a follower of Christ in a communist country such as Cuba is not easy. Many Cuban Christians do live in fear because of the consequences they may suffer for their faith. They, too, have received God’s word to “fear not.” The stakes are high when persecution, failures, or sickness come into play. But these are the moments when trusting in God becomes real and our faith becomes sight.
“Christians must work through their faith and relationship with God to take away fear’s control over them.” (Rick Warren, 2014)