The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary, because God is very pleased with you. Listen! You will become pregnant. You will give birth to a baby boy. And you will name him Jesus. He will be great (important). People will call him the Son of the Most High (God). The Lord God will make him king like his ancestor David. Jesus will rule over the people of Jacob forever. Jesus' kingdom will never end."
— Luke 1:30-33 NLT
Fear. It's overwhelming. It's paralyzing. So it should not be surprising that one of the most often repeated commands in Scripture is, "Don't be afraid!" In older translations, it is sometimes translated, "Fear not!" Fear of the unknown, fear of complications, fear of death and dying, fear of a person, fear of a circumstance, fear of the incomprehensible and a host of other fears can come crashing in on us in times of stress, danger, and uncertainty. The great heroes of faith faced moments of fear. God guided them through. Jesus' coming is about putting aside so many of our fears, so it shouldn't be surprising that the announcement of his conception would come with the command to Mary, "Don't be frightened!" As you journey with Jesus this year, ask God to make the assurance of Jesus real in your life and to have that assurance crowd out the forces of fear in your heart.
Give me courage, O Almighty Father, so that fear will not cloud my thoughts or weaken my faith. Fill me with your assurance and have Jesus chase the clouds of fear away. In the name of Jesus your Son and my triumphant Lord, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Matthew 1:18-21
- John 6:16-21
- Hebrews 2:14-18
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.