I’m sure that a number of you have something in your own life that seems to be too much for you to handle: a loss, a decision, a responsibility, a relationship breakdown. If that’s you, I encourage you to reach out to someone in our community. We are made for fellowship (I Peter 3:8) and charged with bearing one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). This, too, is a grace, for both parties. I John 4:18 tells us that there is no fear in love and that perfect love casts out fear. Often the challenges we face stoke our fears; we look at what’s in front of us, measure it against our meager resources, and feel anxious about the disparity. How in those moments can we claim the promise of 2 Timothy 1:7, that God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear? How do we live in the spirit he has promised—of power, love, and a sound mind?
I would encourage you to abide in Jesus and to participate in a community of believers who center their thoughts on him, as I hope our department is doing. I don’t mean this as a Jesus-juke, or a mere bit of wishful thinking that ignores the challenges of the world. I say look to Jesus because in Him God became flesh. Jesus knows first-hand what we are going through. He knows that this world is full of troubles, but He also knows and His resurrection evidences that that’s not the end of the story. Jesus tell us in John 16:33 that He has come to give us peace; He exhorts us—in one of the most comforting passages in all of scripture—to take heart because he has overcome the world (John 16:33).
May that promise enliven you today, no matter your current circumstance, and may we proclaim that truth in word and deed to a desperately needy world.
Marybeth Davis Baggett, Guest Writer