Fearless, the new release from prolific author Max Lucado, arrived in my mailbox about a week ago. I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with it and can add it to my ever-growing list of resources for pastoral insight into teaching about trusting God. This work also includes a discussion guide helpful for the individual or the small group; it is found at the end of the book.
First, let me say I wish I had the easy going flow of words that Pastor Max has. His conversational story-telling style of writing makes it an absolute joy to read his works. His subtlety of weaving the profound truth and wisdom of God’s word into his teaching is a true gift.
In this particular volume, he tackles Fear, as the title implies. However, beyond the immediate obviousness of the word “fear” lays a much larger-than-life issue… and that is trusting our God. Lucado puts to rest one classic fear after another with empathy, understanding and sensitivity. He recognizes the fears that so many of us face and deals with each of them without becoming trite or cavalier.
In one particular story he shares from his real-life experience, Max recounts a ride in a jet fighter. He tells of the diving, rolling, and banking of the jet having an “ill” effect on his equilibrium and how he figured to resolve his disorientation. He writes; “Didn’t take me long to figure out where to stare. No more looking down or out. My eyes were on the pilot. If T-Mac was okay, I was okay. I know where to stare in turbulence… Peter learned the same lesson the hard way. Exchange the plane for a thirty-foot fishing boat, the San Antonio sky for a Galilean sea, and our stories begin to parallel…” I think you can see where this story is going; keep your eyes on Jesus! This is the theme of this book, Fearless. While we are faced with many difficulties and uncertainties in this life, God gives us the assuredness of His Presence that is certain to get us through anything this life can throw our way. In this, we learn to trust Him and live our lives without Fear.
Another great read from a gifted author and wonderful pastor.