Fight Fear: Acknowledge God

You’ll Be Acknowledged before Angels

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7

We may feel worthless and that no one cares for us when we face fierce opposition or persecution. But Jesus compared his friends to sparrows—birds which were worth little, but weren’t forgotten by God. We’re not forgotten either. In fact, Jesus said, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7).

Not Forgotten

When Jesus had a dinner at a Pharisee’s house, he knew he was among enemies who wanted to kill him. Afterward, “the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, waiting to catch him in something he might say” (Luke 11:53-54). But when they went outside, a crowd of many thousands had gathered, all so eager to hear Jesus that some people got trampled (Luke 12:1).

Jesus spoke—first to his disciples, but the others heard, “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more” (Luke 12:4).

When we’re willing to fearlessly acknowledge our Savior publicly, no matter the cost, he promises, “the Son of Man will also acknowledge us before the angels of God” (v.8).

Jesus also spoke of what we should be afraid of: “But I will show you whom you should fear,” he said. “Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him” (Luke 12:5). Furthermore, “whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God” (Luke 12:9).

Jesus assures every believer that their life is valuable and remembered by God. He not only knows exactly how many hairs you have, but also knows all about you. He knows your pain and losses. He knows your tears—in fact, he records them, and as David said, he puts them in a bottle (Psalm 56:8 KJV and ESV).

Will you fearlessly and publicly acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Savior, even among enemies?

Dig Deeper

Read Revelation 1:10-18. Who has authority to throw us into hell? What keys does he have?

Though spoken to a church long ago, how do the words in Revelation 3:5-8 apply to us?

To see the hymn by Civilla D. Martin, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” go to https://hymnary.org/text/why_should_i_feel_discouraged

Nancy J. Baker

The devotion is part of our series “Do Not Be Afraid.”

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