“What preserves the order of things?” asks Bill the Butcher in the film, GANGS OF NEW YORK. “The spectacle of fear. If someone steals from me, I cut off his hands. If someone insults me, I cut out his tongue.” Our adversary, like Bill the Butcher, hopes for us to live in fear, in misgiving and anxiety, in utter terror if he can manage to bring us to that condition. For Satan, putting us into a state of fear and keeping us there “preserves the order of things” for him.
God, instead, desires and plans to rescue us from fear. His perfect love drives out fear, for fear has to do with punishment. If we fear punishment, we are yet to be made perfect in and through His love. His love, as is demonstrated on the cross of Calvary when He gives up His only Son as a ransom for us, rescues us from anxiety, fear, and the utter terror Satan tries to bring upon us.
God achieves this casting out of fear through Christ living “in [our] hearts through faith — that [we], being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19,ESV)
In being “filled with all the fullness of God” there is no room for fear, misgiving, anxiety or terror. For where there is love, there is an easy calm.
Father God, we praise You for rescuing us from sin, for bringing us Your love and gaining for us freedom from fear. Your love saves us from Satan’s “order of things,” from his “spectacle of fear.” In Jesus’ Name, amen.