Acts 9:31 has a weird ring to it. It tells us that the early church walked “in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.” Fear and comfort are not words we usually put together in the same sentence, but there they are. And they’re not even used as antonyms, but mutual expressions of one another.
Like the modern church in some parts of the world, the early church had a lot to fear. Throughout Acts 9 we’re reminded that Christians faced threats of murder and that escape plans needed to be created for those that preached the gospel. Yet despite this, the early church placed their fear not in the threats, but in God. When obedience to God is your first concern, other fears start to lose their power as they bow before him too.
And once our fears are rightly ordered, we begin to experience peace that passes understanding, so that in the moments where anxiety should be running rampant, we actually find ourselves cool and collected in the Holy Spirit. So walk forward in the fear of God and the comfort of the Holy Spirit so you may do exactly what you are called to as a Christian.
*This devotional was created out of the themes of Acts 9:20-31 found in today’s reading at CommonPrayer.net.