In this audio talk, Ed Welch observes that the phrase “grace and peace to you” is a common, repeated theme in the Apostle Paul’s letters – God declares these words to you. Fear is a prediction of bad things in the future. The most frequent command in Scripture is “Do not be afraid.” The question in the midst of our fears is “Where will you turn?” Fear is always a relational matter, revealing “Who will we trust?” Who is this God that says, “Do not be afraid?” He is a God of the eleventh hour, who often shows up after a period of testing. He is a God who delivers and who provides for His people with daily manna. We don’t have what we need for tomorrow and we are instructed to not worry about tomorrow – God provides us with daily grace and provision for that day’s challenges – we are created to trust God for daily provision. God is a God who understands that we are fearful people and He calls us friends.
Key Scriptures: Psalm 56; Mark 4; Exodus 14, 16; 2 Kings 6