smile without fear


Thursday Reflection


14th January 2021

Make this a year to smile without fear

She is clothed with
strength and dignity,
and she laughs without
fear of the future.

..... Proverbs 31:25

In this verse we read about
someone who is dressed with
strength and dignity
and smiles at what is ahead.

In the landscape of today's world,
we could feel justified
in thinking that we could
never smile without
fear of the future again.

If we read the surrounding verses,
putting it in context,
we might come to the conclusion
that this woman must be
some sort of spiritual
superhero who doesn't
have anything to fear.

At first glance,
the road to smiling without
fear of the future
seems daunting.
But let's look at
these verses through
a different lens.

There's a heart behind all this -
for the woman in the reading
and for us.
The freedom from fear,
the smile we long to find
is not something we can
achieve by ourselves.
It's something we receive
when we respond to God.

Physically the heart
is a vital organ.
Without it we would instantly die.
But the heart is not only vital
for our physical life;
it is also vital for
our spiritual lives.

With our hearts we believe
in God and love him

For it is by believing
in your heart that you
are made right with God,
and it is by openly
declaring your faith
that you are saved.

....Romans 10:10

Our hearts pour out truth,
or they harbour lies:

You brood of vipers,
how can you who are evil
say anything good?
For the mouth speaks
what the heart is full of.

...Matthew 12:34

And from our hearts
bubbles up the springs of life:
Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the
course of your life.

...Proverbs 4:23

God is far more interested
in our motives than our actions,
Yes, our actions are important,
but before we can produce actions
that are praise to God,
and before we can smile
without fear of the future,
we must have hearts aligned
and ready to respond to God.

Maybe our hearts have spent
years beneath the weight of
fear and the cares of this life.
Maybe we've been exhausting
ourselves with daily
responsibilities and
we haven't had time to
consider our hearts -
and heart work is hard work!

But God's Word can lift
our hearts into a
secure place and make us
capable of standing strong
in uncertain times.

When we align and condition
our hearts to respond to God's will,
we will find ourselves
on the path of becoming
people who can, and will,
smile at the future in the
knowledge that God
is walking there beside us.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Change My Heart Oh God'
sung by
Eddie Espinosa
via the link shown below.