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Fear in the Garden

The world today is not so much different from all the days past. People are afraid of what the future holds, but this is not a new worry. Fear was not present until after the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Eve had a conversation with a snake without fear. When I was a kid, I watched Mr. Ed, the television show about a talking horse, but I can not imagine a talking serpent. Snakes don’t talk, but I don’t know many women who are not afraid of them. Fear came to mankind after sin took root in the garden. Adam and Eve expressed fear for the first time when they tried to hide from God. Sin separates man from the peace and security only found in God. Jesus died to give that peace and security back to us.

Galatians 1:3-5
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  

In the history of the United States, over 30 of the American Presidents have addressed the fear of the American people in their inaugural address. On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln said in his first inauguration address;

Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican Administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered. There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that—I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.

Just two weeks earlier Jefferson Davis had been inaugurated as the President of the Confederacy. The country was in much more trouble than it is today. Each generation has problems that seem like no other, the question remains what can be done about it. Today, many Americans are looking for a hero to turn things around. President Ronald Reagan said, “We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we are in a time when there are no heroes just don’t know where to look.” Do you know where to look?

A young American soldier killed during the war in Europe was found with a diary in his pocket. Written in this diary under the heading, “‍My Pledge,‍” were these words: “‍America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.‍”

If we had this attitude for the cause of Christ, the economy may not turn around, but the peace the world is hungry for would spread rapidly. In troubled times, where is your peace found? Jesus Christ is our only hope for the peace we are looking for.

Psalm 22:8
“He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”

The world should be looking to Christians now for answers but many of us are to far ahead of them in the “complaint department” line to help. If you have discovered that Jesus Christ is the hero people are looking for, will you endure until you are called to the other side of eternity? Since the fall of man, the world has always, and will always be imperfect. Place your trust in Christ alone, and share your faith with someone looking for a hero.

Psalm 25:20-21
Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.  

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