Do Not Be Afraid

Jeremiah 46:  27 and 28

“Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.
28 Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant, for I am with you,” declares the Lord“Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure;
I will not let you go entirely unpunished.”

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is coming to lay waste to Egypt and make it his, but I love that God tells His chosen people over and over, “Do not be afraid, I am with you.”  I love that God is downright honest with them: shit’s gonna get real–it’s going to be bad,  no one is going to get away with anything, we will have some crap to deal with.  It is life on a sinful earth separated from the perfection of God.

But over and over and over God promises He is with us, there will be peace and security at some point, He will not take us to the brink of destruction, but will redeem us and pull us even closer to Him.  He says, “I will surely save you out of a distant place.”  I don’t think God was only referring to land places.  I think He meant any distant place in reality or in our mind that pulls us away from His loving embrace of safety.  He knows where we are–near or far from Him, nowhere is too far that He can’t see us and pull us back.  Jesus is always with us.  There is no need to be afraid.

I find comfort in that.  I hope you do too.

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