Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. -Isaiah 41:10 KJV
It’s the holiday season, but I’m not talking about Thanksgiving or Christmas just yet: I’m speaking of Halloween. You know, the time of year when all the “goblins and ghouls” come out? Offices, stores and even yards and houses are decorated to the hilt with all things orange and black. Since Halloween isn’t considered a “religious” holiday (not yet, anyway!) employees at many public and municipal offices seize the opportunity to jump in on the festivities.
I was in one such municipal office the other day when I noticed a small wooden plaque perched on the counter. It featured the bottom of a skirt, with two feet pointing outward in little black boots buckled on the sides. At the corner of the plaque, a broom swept the words, “If you mess with me, be afraid . . . Be very afraid!”
“So, what do your co-workers think of your Halloween sign?” I asked the young lady who waited on me.
“Oh, they know I’m joking—and they also know I mean it!” she exclaimed. “And that’s not a ‘Halloween sign” – I keep that plaque up all year!”
Upon leaving the office, I couldn’t help but draw a parallel between the young lady’s desire for her co-workers to “be very afraid.” Though I’m not comparing her to the devil, I know he desires us to be afraid as well. The devil wants us to be afraid of the unknown, afraid to believe God for the miracles we need, and too afraid to step out on faith when we know the Lord is commanding us to move. He wants us to be afraid of the wicked people he uses to carry out his fiendish schemes. You see, the devil knows that being afraid can ultimately lead to us not receiving all the blessings and abundance God has in store for His people (John 10:10).
That’s why I’m so glad the word of the Lord to us is, “Fear not!” We don’t have to “be afraid” of anything or anyone, because greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Not only does God promise to strengthen us, He promises to hold us in His strong right hand—and that’s a hand no one can pluck us out of! (John 10:28)
So, let the devil howl and yowl, and let him prowl around “as a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8). Let “the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing” (Psalm 2:1). We don’t have to be afraid of one person, let alone thousands of people who come against us, because the Lord is a shield for us (Psalm 3). Indeed, it would be better for those people to have a millstone around their neck than to mess with the least of us! (Matthew 18:6)
My fellow saints of God, we don’t have to fear! Demons tremble, because they know the power the Savior wields (James 2:19). Never fear—instead, we can tell the devil and his imps, “Be afraid—be very afraid!”