“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.”
Our fear flows from our forgetfulness or tacit denial of Who God is and the authority and power that He has. We are commissioned to confess openly what He has told us in our quiet times with Him. Who we are and what we believe will be revealed. It is the truth of life. His call is for us to speak openly what He has shared privately. Earlier in His public ministry, Jesus encouraged those who experienced His healing to be quiet. He had a mission to complete and many to heal. My speculation is that He didn’t want His enemies moving against Him earlier than necessary. Now, however, He sends His close disciples onto the surrounding community and begins to emphasize that His enemies will move against Him and kill Him and that the truth He had shared privately will be known publicly and that they, and we, are called to confess it. In order to be faithful in this confession, we must remember Who He is.
Denying publicly the truth that He has revealed to us privately is dangerous and pointless. These deep truths will come to light. Our faith defines us and will be revealed in our lives. Thus, we must speak it with confidence knowing that the One who created and controls all things and ultimately judges all things knows us intimately and values us greatly. Our fear of the One we cannot see must always outweigh our fear of those who are visible. Increasingly, I am led to believe that most all of my spiritual maladies or weaknesses are tied to my lack of trust in the eternal love and faithfulness of Father God. A lack of trust produces fear. Fear leads to faithless denials. Help my unbelief Father.