In his new book Fearless, Max Lucado systematically takes on every form fear takes in our world today. Though the pages are filled with the very real worries ordinary people face this book is all about the hope we find as followers of Christ.
Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat. (Matt 8:23-24 NCV)
In his down to earth style, Max vocalizes the thoughts running through the minds of many who finally realize that being a follower of Christ doesn’t guarantee a life without turmoil.
Wouldn’t you hope for a more chipper second sentence, a happier consequence of obedience?
There are storms in this life, that is a given, but the message that Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid is clear. Max Lucado uses biblical passages to give substance to Jesus’ message to “fear not.”
Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph. Yes, life stinks. But, it won’t forever. As one of my friends likes to say, “Everything will work out in the end. If its not working out, its not the end.”
Having Christ’s perspective gives that solid rock on which to build a life of freedom from the gloom that can easily overtake and paralyze its victims. The circumstances we all face today can make even the bravest of us all succumb to fear. It’s nice to know that Jesus is with us every step of the way. I strongly recommend to everyone, whether or not you live in fear, to let the light of hope shine through the pages of Fearless.