Fear or Faith?
Our stock market is falling. Our grocery store shelves are empty. Our restaurants do not have customers to serve. Sporting events, educational classes, and even some church services are being cancelled. People are afraid to get near each other. People are afraid to shake hands. Some people are even scared to leave their homes. Is this our new reality? Or have we allowed fear to completely consume our lives?
The purpose of this letter is certainly not to minimize the impact the coronavirus has had on our country. My heart goes out to all of those affected by this new disease. My heart breaks for those who have lost loved ones in the past few months. However, we are not called to live our lives in fear of the “what ifs.” We are called to live our lives with a strong faith in the One who holds the world in the palm of His hand.
“Fear not” or “do not fear” is mentioned 365 times in the Bible (one for each day of the year!) As a friend of mine always reminds me, fear is not a fruit of the spirit. Fear and worry cannot coexist with faith. When we are worried and fearful, it is typically because we have taken our eyes off of the One who gives us peace. We must lift our eyes above created things (like money) and focus on the Creator! He alone is our source of hope, peace, and security.
During times like these, we have a choice to make. We can be influenced by Fox News, CNN, and our friends on social media, or we can allow God’s word and His truths to guide our lives. If you are a follower of Jesus, can I challenge you to step up during these trying times and provide hope and encouragement to a lost world?
I’m not suggesting throwing caution to the wind. The Bible also calls for us to use wisdom and discernment. However, as the chaos continues, people are looking for answers. We have The Answer.
Our hope is not in Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Our security is not in our bank accounts or net worth. And our ultimate peace does not come from anything this world has to offer. One year from now when you look back on Coronavirus 2020, don’t let fear be the prevailing memory. Keep the faith and embrace this opportunity to make a God-inspired difference.
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