Being in the dark is a common fear of little ones. When our children were small we had a glow in the dark plaque that read, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee (God) from Psalm 56:3. Claiming God’s promises from the Bible is one of the best ways I’ve found to combat fear.
What causes YOUR heart to tremble? The coronavirus has the potential to cause even the bravest of men to be afraid. This very well may be the scariest time many people today have ever faced. So what does God say about fear?
God tells us to not be afraid.
I haven’t counted for myself, but I’ve heard that some variation of, “Do not fear” appears 365 times in the Bible…once for every day of the year.
In Matthew 10:29-31 Jesus was talking to his disciples and He said,
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
God knows all about us and cares about how we are feeling. He tells us to not be afraid.
Isaiah 41:10 has become one of my favorite verses.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Joshua 1:9 reads,
Have not I (the Lord) commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
God commands us to not worry.
Philippians 4:6 says, Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
This is not a suggestion or recommendation and no exceptions are listed…. not even for the coronavirus. Notice what Paul is telling the Philippians to do.
- Pray about every thing
- Supplicate- ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly
- Be thankful to God for something
- Politely ask God
I’ve heard worrying is like rocking in a chair… it expends a lot of energy but gets you nowhere.
Jesus invites us to let Him carry our burdens.
In Matthew 11:28-30
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek (gentle) and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The apostle Peter encourages us to turn to God in time of need with the proper attitude. I Peter 5-7 says…
..be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
It’s a battle to focus and keep our eyes on God whom we cannot see more than on the problems which swirl around us. I guess that’s why God has to remind us so often to not fear. But once again He promises in Isaiah 26:3, 4 to give us peace if we will trust Him.
Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed (sustained by) thee (God): because he trusteth in thee (God). Trust in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everylasting strength.
When we fear and worry, we aren’t trusting God. Many times we would rather have our own way than God’s because we want to call the shots. We want an easy, fun, comfortable life. God is more interested in us becoming more like Jesus and preparing for eternity with Him. Unfortunately, we learn best during hardships. That’s when we tend to seek God the most.
Times like these often reveal our level of faith or lack thereof. Are we cooperating with God or kicking, screaming, and bucking against His plan for us? Are we accepting and embracing the hardship or becoming angry and bitter?
I’ve heard faith is like film. It’s developed in the dark. Are we willing to trust God and walk through the dark so He can develop and mature us spiritually? Or are we wanting to be God and do things our way? This is a sobering time to examine our hearts, our faith, our priorities. Are we living out what we’ve been saying we believe?
Do not fear. If you are putting your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, and not in anything you have done, you can be assured God is working all things out for your good and His glory. (Romans 8:28) You can rest as you trust Him. Do not fear.
Keep looking up,
Gaye Hughes Hammersley
September 1, 2018