I Peter 3:13-15
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
A little girl walks into her dentist’s office. She was fresh from a week of Vacation Bible School where she learned a new verse that she liked to share. The little girl innocently and boldly recited this verse for the dental hygienist who was taking care of her. “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”
The woman was visibly taken aback by the verse she recited. When the dental hygienist spoke, the little girl’s mother was surprised. “Little one,” She began, “The Lord has just spoken to me through you today.” She went on to explain that she had been looking for just the right quote or caption that spoke about being wise for a drawing she had produced, and the Lord gave her the answer she sought through this little girl.
The little girl’s mother apologized because she didn’t know the reference of this verse. Her daughter had just learned it, but the little girl interrupted her apology with a bright, “It’s Proverbs 13:20!”
This little girl had no fear of retribution for sharing what she had learned in God’s Word. I celebrate her lack of fear. If only we all truly didn’t think before sharing the goodness and wisdom of our Author and Creator with anyone in our reach.
No fear! I’ve heard this boldly used as a sports wear slogan. No fear! I have heard people shout it to encourage and psych oneself and one another up on the field of battle or in the sports arena. But when was the last time we shouted “No fear!” on our way to the office or walking around our own neighborhood to prepare ourselves to share something about our Lord that speaks to us? When was the last time our family shouted “No fear!” in the car on our way to a family reunion where we know there are lost love ones who are still floundering and suffering in their sin?
Peter spoke on this in his letter (I Peter 3:13-15). “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.”
No fear! One could say this little girl just doesn’t know to fear yet. That it isn’t the same for an adult in the same position. To this I shout again. No fear!
Dearest Lord, as in Matthew 18, you again chose a child and set her before us, an example of the zeal and boldness of one so humble as this little angel. Thank you. You taught the disciples then and your servants even now through these words: “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” May this little girl forever know no fear in your sovereign truth, protect her from the fears others may try to project upon her. May we all know the truth, the power, the strength, and the courage to give over our fears to You and proclaim You boldly without fear. In your powerful name I pray this, Jesus. Amen.