When Fear Becomes Joy

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." — Luke 2:8-11

Throughout the year, there are events that rock our lives. Events that happen in the world and then events that happen in our lives. Sometimes these events happen all at one time and suddenly striking us with fear. Fear of the future, fear of people, and even fear of death.

And these unsuspecting shepherds right here just experienced one of these events. Light invades the darkness of the night, and an angel appears to them. They are struck with fear. But from the light comes a calming voice. The angel delivers a message of joy, not fear. The message is about a Deliverer who delivers men from the greatest fear — fear of death.

So today, if there is an event in your life that is striking you with fear, remember to fear not. We have a Savior. He was born in the city of David, and he was born, lived, and died to take away all our fears and to give us great joy.

ASK THIS: What do you fear today?

DO THIS: Fear not.

PRAY THIS: God, rule over my fears and give me greater joy.

PLAY THIS: Fear Is a Liar.

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Bob Smotherman

Greatful for the reminder. Merry Christmas!


Thanks Vince! I feel fear and anxiety have been trying to have a place at the table. My prayer is that God eradicates that fear and replaces it with trust, peace, and joy!

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