Do you see stories about people dying, and get filled with worry that something similar might happen to you? Recently we heard about a shooting at a Jewish Synagogue, a nearly new airplane crashing into the sea, and three kids getting struck by a vehicle as they attempted to cross the road to get on a school bus. This world can be dangerous. If you avoid activities because they might harm you, consider Psalm 139:16; All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Oh yes, our days are numbered. We don’t know the number, but God does.
So how should we proceed with all these dangers lurking? Matthew 10:29-31 gives us some assurance; Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
God doesn’t even allow a nearly useless bird to die before he’s ready. The Lord has us in the palm of his hand, and he won’t allow any danger to happen to us before our appointed day. Being of more value than many sparrows illustrates how dear God’s children are to Him. How can we be anxious and fearful, knowing of such care and protection by our Heavenly Father?
So, go to church, get on that airplane, and cross the road when you need to (but look both ways)! Regardless of whether you live life to its fullest, or stay home out of fear, God will be ready to take you home to be with him on your appointed day. And not a moment sooner!