FAITH OVER FEAR
It’s been a bizarre few weeks in the world as news of Coronavirus/COVID 19 and its impact sweeps through communities, and subsequently has been dominating the headlines. I was speaking to a friend a few days ago and we both agreed that although we are only in March of 2020, it feels as though we have been through a whole decade this past three months! There has just been so much going on.
I've found my head spinning at times as I try to soak in all the different messages, memes, and videos being posted online, as well as adjust to our new "normal" as a family which consists of Stan and I both working from home, and Caleb being at home with us full time. It all feels quite chaotic and uncertain, and if you let it- panic and fear very quickly sets in.
I wish I could have something deep to say during these moments, but the reality is that at times, my own heart has been quite heavy. I have felt physically, mentally and spiritually tired and whenever I have tried to write, the words within struggle to find form.
A timely, and peaceful reminder
As we are juggling a lot in this season of our lives, I have felt quite overwhelmed and weak in most areas of my life. I would describe it as barely swimming and just about flailing to keep my head above water. In the midst of all that is going on internally and externally, I came across this scripture which instantly calmed me.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27 (ESV)
I want to remind you of this truth. God is faithful, even when our faith is weak. When we are at our lowest, our hearts are broken and we feel confused and alone He draws near to us.
When the world is out of control, and uncertain news flies before our eyes, Jesus is the most steadfast and sure person that we can cling to. When we are overwhelmed with worry and anxiety, He is our peace.
Feelings of anxiety and fear are natural responses in times like this however as believers, we aren’t called to be governed by those feelings. We have a choice to live counter-culturally.
Instead of fear...choose peace
Instead of greed...lavish generosity onto others
Instead of selfishness....service to others
Instead of folly...God's wisdom
Instead of despair...Hope
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
The Word of God is a comfort to the soulFor the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (ESV)
As much as we fall into agreement with headline news, and act according to it, its important that we let our hearts rest upon the Word of God and find its delight and comfort in it. This is easier than done I know, I know! but honestly, after the last few weeks that I've had, I am reminded once again of how much of a haven the Word of God is.
In these times, as pressure mounts on all sides of our lives, don't forget who you are ...your life is hidden with Christ in God. Yes exercise wisdom where it is needed, consider the needs of your family, and the needs of others, and take sensible precautions as well as decisions. However under pinning all of that, don't forget that you are a new creation IN Christ. Your life is hidden with Christ, in God.
The most precious part of you is in God.
You have access to peace and truth which will guard and strengthen you. Grab hold of this peace and do your best not to let it go otherwise fear will naturally creep up on you. As we keep abreast of cultural news lets also be intentional about cultivating peace on purpose. There are many things we can't control, and instead of letting it overwhelm you, take stock of the things that you can "control", and thank God for that. Keep your heart and eyes set on the Lord and close to His Word because He is ultimately the orchestrator of all things.
As we say in my culture, God dey- we don't fear!
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