The Spirit of Fear
Jonah’s call to witness to the Ninevites was no easy task. These were not peaceful, easygoing pagans. This large city was the capital of the ancient Assyrian empire, a people known for their violence and cruelty. Jonah quickly forgot about the sovereignty and providence of God, and caved into his own panic and fears.
Yet the Scriptures tell us, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord. … But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:7-8).
The book of Romans declares: “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’” (8:15). As children of God, we can trust that He will not abandon us, even during difficult situations.
Prayer: Father, help me to remember that I don’t have to be afraid, but that I can trust You to give me the courage and power that I need to accomplish what You call me to. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).