If you have lived long enough, you will see something that you can’t explain. Whether you experience some sort of spiritual phenomena, are spooked by the presence of darkness or witness an unidentified flying object, fear is a common emotion. These events result in awe, goosebumps and head scratching thoughts. When God’s presence seems distant, fear can overwhelm souls. However, when God seems near, fear disappears.
In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened, Luke 2:8-9.
At the beginning of the first century, a few shepherds had their own encounter with the supernatural. When the country side began to glow with the presence of heavenly hosts, these men were frightened. Shepherds are use to sudden attacks by wolves seeking to eat one of their sheep. Yet, when the evening sky is overwhelmed by the glory of the Lord, it’s not surprising that these shepherds were freaked out. Recognizing the fear in their eyes, an angel used a conversation to settle their nerves.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. 11 For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). 12 And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in [swaddling] cloths and lying in a manger,” Luke 2:10-12.
The term certainty refers to a fact that is definitely true. Prior to entering into a personal relationship with Jesus, fear riddled my life. My lack of direction in life along with the uncertainty of my eternal destination resulted in a reoccurring nightmare. By the age of ten, I cried myself to sleep on a nightly basis, unaware of the meaning to life. This state of sadness led me to pursue answers to my questions. While I still get scared from time to time, the moment God entered my life, fear disappeared.
by Jay Mankus