Have you ever been frightened to the point you couldn’t move? My first semester at college I experienced that very thing. I was fresh out of high school, living on campus and away from home for the first time. It happened between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. My roommate and I put up a few Christmas decorations to distinguish our otherwise dull dormitory surroundings. Among the decorations was a two foot Christmas tree which we placed on a table just below the window on the north wall. The only actual decoration on the tree I remember vividly was a three inch, clear glass, bell ornament which encased a ceramic angel clapper.
One evening I sat alone in my dorm room studying at one of the desks which faced the south wall. The only entry to our room was to my left and in view for me to clearly see if anyone entered. My back was to the Christmas tree (and the angel-bell ornament). Out of the silence, I heard behind me a sound like the smashing of a wine glass against a brick wall. Rather than turning to see what it was, I sat frozen, paralyzed by fear. I called out the names of my suitemates. I hoped to hear one of them respond, reasoning one of them may have slipped past my view and entered the room. There was only unnerving quiet. Still gripped by fear, I managed to turn slowly. There in the middle of the room stood the angel from the bell ornament. It was free from the crystal bell which lay patterned in almost a perfect circle about it. There seemed no logical explanation for how the ornament made it to the center of the room before shattering and leaving the angel clapper standing upright.
To this day I have no idea what happened that eerie night, but I have come to understand with God, no one ever has to be a slave to fear. In Isaiah 41:10 we’re encouraged, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” All we need to do is place our trust in Him as the Psalmist in 56:3 writes: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. I love the Bethel Music song titled “No Longer Slaves” in which the lyrics eloquently depict we need not fear, simply rest in the arms of God:
You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
From my mothers womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again, into Your family
Your blood flows through my veins
I am surrounded
By the arms of the father
I am surrounded
By songs of deliverance
We’ve been liberated
From our bondage
We’re the sons and the daughters
Let us sing our freedom
You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
All my fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
So I could stand and sing
I am child of God…
– I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God
Read and Consider:
2 Timothy 1:7
1 John 4:18
Are there things in your life that you are fearful of, that God would want to give you victory over?
As we get closer to Christmas, what is one way that God’s perfect love—as seen in Jesus—can give you victory over your fears?
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