Devotional – Thursday, May 14, 2020

Fear Not!

This quarantine has caused all kinds of emotional upheaval. Some people, who have already been challenged with illness, loss of income, or the heavy task of in-home childcare combined with work – may be near a crisis point.  Others may be in fairly good shape – for now. Yet there is no person in the world that has been completely unaffected by our current crisis. Simple things like unfulfilled expectations, or the uncertainty of “how long?”…can result in stress and worry, or even to more serious feelings of anxiety and depression.

I’ve heard that, “Uncertainty is where faith & fear meet.” Isn’t that the truth!?! We have had a ringside seat from which to view our limited human capacity to influence this viral outbreak. Despite modern advances in technology and medicine, and our wealth and resources…our response (notwithstanding the heroic effort of our responders) seems, well…impotent. The longer we face uncertainty, the more likely we will encounter fear. Fear distorts our view. It ushers in complaining, distrust, finger-pointing and despair; and discouragement is contagious. Fear disbelieves in God’s promises. But, as Christians, we believe that God is sovereign; that God is truth… timeless, changeless, steadfast, holy, righteous, and loving. God is ultimately in control!

God’s command “fear not” is the most frequently appearing one in the Bible. Undoubtedly, that is because we need reassurance so often! So when we feel like God is not near, we must remember His word. We must remember His promises.

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who says to you,
‘Fear not, I am the One who helps you’.”
Isaiah 41:13

“God Himself has said, ‘I will not fail you or desert you’, and so we can say with confidence:
‘With the Lord to help me, I fear nothing…’.”
Hebrews 13:5

Love dispels fear. May we who trust in God sow seeds of calm, kindness and compassion when we see discord.  Be aware of small blessings in these trying days; and remember, in God we always have hope!

Dear Heavenly Father,

How grateful we are that You are in charge! Help us to demonstrate to others the hope we have in You, and Your love.  We pray for all those engaged in the fight against, or impacted by, the Corona virus.  May they feel Your peace and calming presence in whatever trials they face.  Bless our church; may we discern Your will for us, and be a positive influence in our community during this trying time.

Amen.

Offered by Judy Lester

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