“…By embracing death, taking it into himself, [Christ] destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.” –Hebrews 2:14-15 (The Message)
“…so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” --Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV)
Sometimes Lexi goes out for her walk and comes right back in. Something scares her. I don’t see or hear anything out of the ordinary, but something—a strange scent, a warning sound—frightens her. If I try to coax her to walk, she resists. If I urge her to go potty, she refuses. If I tug her toward the backyard, she circles back to the front door. She wants to go inside. She doesn’t want to walk. She wants to feel safe. We Christians want to feel safe, too—and sometimes walking in faith doesn’t feel safe. Maybe we step out in faith but come right back in. Something scares us, so we cower indoors. But we don’t need to be afraid if we walk in faith. Christ has set us free from fear; we don’t have to cower through life, scared to death. We can step out in faith and keep walking.
Dear God, Make me unafraid so that I don’t step out in faith but go right back in to cower in fear. Amen