Fear is distress or alarm caused by impending danger or pain. I have chosen to write about fear because 2015 marked the most remarkable, frightening year in most countries. Fear is a chilling word. There is a lot of fear in our lives. At present, it is difficult to watch your back 24 hours a day, being on the alert because of unjust hatred.

God is real, I say always, and my life has been piloted by him. I don’t need to fear. I am not afraid of human beings since I consult God in prayer before taking any action. I have refused to be intimidated by anyone. We are all children of God. Human beings will fail, but God is ever constant. He will never disappoint.

When human beings hear danger approaching they will either run for their lives or get a defensive weapon and face the challenge outright. Many have died fighting for their rights. In the Bible, we are advised to love each other as we love ourselves. (Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 19:19).

It is difficult to tell someone not to fear, while frightening things are happening all around us. This year, Christmas and New Year celebrations were well guarded. In many countries celebrations were played down due to fear of people being targeted, killed or disfigured. This is very scary. The elderly (above 65 years) mostly stayed at home, since running may be a problem in case that had to be done.

In the book of Isaiah 54:17 it says, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” This verse strengthens us always, especially in a time of fear.

I spent my New Year’s Eve quietly and went to bed just after midnight. A friend telephoned just then to wish me a happy and prosperous new year. He said he was waiting to drive away 2015 and its happenings. We have to right all the wrongs we did in the past year and give this year a chance to be better. 2016 holds a lot in stock for us. We should rise and get back our stolen glory.

God is our last bus stop. As for me, I trust in God. I have high expectations for 2016. I have waited many years for good news. Although it is difficult to tell someone not to be afraid when considering the frightening things happening (floods, dangerous storms, hatred, bombings, robberies, you name it) with God on our side, we don’t have to live in fear.

God be with us all and grant us the desires of our hearts.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Gladys Ikeme (Child of God)