One sentence that stood out to me was voiced by Toni, hers is the last story in the book. She said, “Fear always comes from somewhere.” One source of her fear was the broken, chaotic home, that wasn’t really “home” but a place of neglect and abuse. Fears in her life are understandable, quite obvious.
But what about us? What about those of us who came from homes that were safe, that were loving? Where does our fear come from?
The truth is, fear is a part of everyone’s life. We’re born with it. It is fear that is given to us by the Lord as a protective device. It’s meant to draw us to Him, to fear Him above all else so that we can have courageous faith in this troubled world. And so that we learn from Him what life and love are meant to be.
However, because we live in a fallen world, held in the grip of an evil prince, our fears usually feed his lies and his hold over our lives. He grows our fears to keep us seeking control and management over our circumstances. Hebrews 2:15 reminds us that his kind of fear keeps us in slavery.
The good news is, as Toni wrote of her mom, Jesus has the power to give you “backbone.” That’s what Psalm 27:1 (JUB) says:
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
I thoroughly recommend “The Rescue.” These stories are truths that will encourage you to know that in every circumstance of life, there is hope. We may live in a world ruled by an evil prince, but we live in a universe ruled by The King to whom power and mercy belong. He is faithful and trustworthy.
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