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"I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."
  (Isaiah 41.13)

I am the Lord, your God, Who grasps your hand ...

Demons and Dogs at the Door
 

 

So many of us live under the pall of fear!


It is very real to us. It influences many of our decisions, infects our judgments, and motivates a great deal of what we do in our daily lives. It is often a driving force, not necessarily overwhelming, but most often subtle, and for its subtlety more sinister. It stands, as it were, a demon lurking at the door, and we are trying to place our foot against it lest the door open and it spring upon us. We offer it pagan sacrifices to appease it, placate it, keep it at bay: our will (what we choose to do, but much more often what we choose not to do), our happiness, our peace of mind, our freedom (from worry, anxiety) — for somehow we have come to believe that unless we offer these sacrifices, the demon, fear, will have its way with us and we will be in the terrible straits that it threatens. We do worse. We convince ourselves that our having made such pagan offerings to the demon fear has alone warded off these great evils, averted the impending catastrophes that are held, like vicious hounds from hell by but the merest thread.

It has succeeded! We have made our offerings and we have been given a reprieve — for a time. Good thing we worried! Good thing we bit our nails, lost sleep, even a portion of our sanity — imagine what would have happened had we not feared? Good thing we lived in misery — before it befell us!

We are such fools! We do not look at w    hat has NOT happened and realize that our fears, our worries, were groundless, needless. No ... we still offer our sacrifices to the dogs at the door, and say to ourselves, "our fears were real! Such and such could have happened!"

And you could have died in your sleep last night. The world could have ended yesterday. The litany is endless of all that could have happened — and did not. Shall we fear all that could happen — and will not; or would we do better to hope for what could happen, for the great good you desire (and not the evil that you fear), that it will come upon you any minute! That your deliverance is at hand! (and not your bondage!). That good awaits you!
 

Avoiding Misery by ... Co-opting it?

Why? Not because it is more sane, more rational, more reasonable (given the years you've spent in misery — attempting to avoid that very misery ... that never happened) — all these things are good and compelling reasons (far better and more compelling than the pretense of a dog at the door). The real reason is given in today's reading from Isaiah:

"I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."

The dog at the door, that lurking demon of fear that would rob you of all happiness and hope, is a fiction. God is not.

What does He tell you?
"Fear not! I will help you!"

God is saying that to you. God! He is no liar like that demon at the door (which flees from His Presence!).

He comes with good tidings!
"Fear not!" He comes with absolute assurance, "I — I, God — will help you!"

Instead of putting your hand in from of your face before the menacing phantom and fiction at the door (which never came and never will), do what God tells you: Take His Hand!

"I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand"

But you — you must first reach out to take His Hand!

You were quick enough to take the leash of the dogs that drove you to misery. And they were all of your own making.

Stop pretending to be a creator! All you create are fears and worries and anxieties — each one of them equally useless.

The real Creator is reaching out His Hand to you — and given the fact that what He creates is good, your chances of  obtaining the good, the desire of your heart, are far more real, than your chances ever were of having that grand piano drop on your head — you know, the one that you have barely kept suspended over you by your senseless fears for so, so, so, long!

You will one day come to realize that it never would have fallen .... because it was never there.

But God is.

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