Peter says, do not be frightened. He is not talking about walking through a mine field or facing a pit viper. Fear is a natural response that has kept humans alive for millennium. What we need not fear is facing those who oppose Christianity.
We do need to be sure we are doing good in God’s sight. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus and the rest will take care of itself.
Why? Because of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived with us as a human. He, for 33 years, was not God. He was born without sin, untouched by that blemish. He continued to his last breath to remain loyal to God. He was tempted over and over, even when, especially when he was minutes away from death.
Jesus told us that we can ask for anything and God will grant it. Why did Jesus not ask God to at least make the pain disappear? Why not ask for an easier death? Why not ask for the same treatment Elijah received?
Because it was not God’s plan. We tend to forget that part. Asking God for what we want is not what it is about. Asking God for what God wants for us is what Jesus had in mind.
The God who created the universe, who did all those things Paul described to the Athenians, also sent His Holy Spirit, His Essence to live with us. That is why Paul could say, he is not far from each one of us.
Jesus words from The Message: If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!
Be righteous and do good.