ALONG CAME A SPIDER

  A Mother Goose Nursery rhyme goes, “Little Miss Muffet set on a Tuffet, eating her curds and whey, along came a spider and sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away.”
We have recited this nursery rhyme many times thinking it cute and funny.  Yet, as is often the case our humor indirectly speaks of our true feelings  Herein is expressed something which is common to all of humanity and that is FEAR.
None of us carry on a normal existence for any period of time without encountering the reality of fear. One of President F.D. Roosevelt’s famous sayings during the depression years was, “Only  thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Fear distorts life and undermines physical and spiritual strength.

  Fear in the Biblical sense carries with it at least two meanings.  Especially in the Old Testament, when the person is admonished to fear, it is talking about awe, reverence, respect, particularly toward God. For instance, in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
But, as we use the word fear, and as it is used in the New Testament; it means dread, to be afraid, frightened out of one’s senses, anxious and uncertain.  Too often, this kind of fear overwhelms and controls our lives.  Too often, we have come to believe that fear is a burden which must be borne without hope of escape.

  Yet, listen to Jesus who said frequently, “be not afraid.”  Jesus spoke these words to the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration, to the disciples on the deck of a storm tossed ship, to the mourners at the death of the daughter of Jairus and to the disciples as Jesus faced His own death, He said, “Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid.”   There was nothing that Jesus felt called upon to challenge more frequently than fear.
Listen to God’s Word in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self -discipline.”  We understand that God does not give us fear.  Rather, God gives us three attitudes which will help us to conquer our fears: 

1. A sound mind.    We are to use a clear mind to dispel our fears. Much of our fear is exaggerated anxieties or the refusal to face actual facts. Fears can be overcome by facing the issue squarely and dealing with it clearly.
2. A spirit of love.     I John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.”
We can  resolve our fears by focusing on God’s immeasurable love for us, and then by allowing Him to love others through us. Love is open-eyed, sees clearly, so is not afraid.
3. A divine power.  God gives us courage, strength, to face whatever may come, trusting Him.  The only known cure for fear is faith.  Fight your fears with faith.

  God’s word teaches us of that Eternal City, “On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.”  Revelations 21:25   An unguarded city, a night-less day, what more perfect symbols of a people freed from fear.     Hear Jesus say to you, “Be not afraid.”

3 Responses to “ALONG CAME A SPIDER”

  1. Dear Max, What beautiful thoughts. There have been times in my life that I was afraid,and depended on Jesus and His words of comfort. He is and has been my Comforter. Thank you for sending out these devotionals each week . I know many are blessed by reading these encouraging words !
    Joann.

  2. Max again you have hit the nail on the head.God bless you and Joann I will be praying for you on your trip.
    Love you
    ken

  3. Good Morning Max, Thank You so much for this devotional. With all Bill has been going through the past month, I have really been concerned. I try not to say worried, as we once heard a sermon on Worry and it is a sin. That is for people who do not have the Lord. anyway, I will be praying for Peace for both of us.
    Have a very good trip and I pray Joann has no problems. Love you both.

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