“And FEAR NOT them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” ~ Matthew 10:28
FEAR NOT: (If) Your Soul is Safe
Overwhelmingly, our fears are focused on the physical. We worry about how our physical bodies are affected by circumstances. When the storm came, the disciples worried about drowning. When Jesus was arrested, they were worried about being beaten, imprisoned or even crucified. While in the wilderness journeying to “The Promised Land” the Hebrews worried about hunger, thirst and losing battles. They even worried about food variety.
We, of course, are no different. Our worries also center around our physical health and well being. However, Jesus challenges us (in our text) to take a more expansive view: We are more than just physical bodies: we also have a soul. Our physical bodies will last for a short time (~100 years at best), but our souls are eternal. Which one should we spend our time thinking about? Should we fear the destroyer(s) of our bodies (the devil, disease, or people)? Or the One who can destroy (torment, punish, banish) our souls?
Financial advisors always tell us to plan for the future, not to live just for the moment. Likewise, let us take an eternal view. We (our spirits) will be alive long, long after our bodies die. Our lives will be just a fleeting moment on the eternal time-scale. Let get our priorities right.
FEAR NOT, there is nothing that can happen to us, bodily, that even compares to what is in store for us spiritually.
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” ~ Psalm 118:6
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.