To say that this current season is immersed in uncertainty is an understatement. It seems as though news reports and protocols are changing by the hour and fear is spreading faster than the coronavirus itself.
I’ve had to wrestle with fear too. With all my canceled gigs and my husband’s recent job lay-off, the road ahead is certainly uncertain. Perhaps you’ve had to face fear too.
It’s in seasons like these where our faith grows the most… not on the mountaintop experiences, but in the valley. God invites us into a deeper relationship with Him where His perfect love casts out fear.
On March 15th, my home church switched to online services in response to government directives to suspend large group gatherings. Our lead pastor (Tim Klassen) delivered an encouraging sermon about God’s invitation to live in faith, not fear. But how?
By looking UP, looking OUT and looking IN.
Here’s what he shared:
Psalm 27:1-4 (Click to read passage.)
In this passage, we see that David gained confidence by looking up. God invites us to do the same. We have something to believe that is greater than our fear. By replacing some of our news consumption with scripture consumption, our perspective becomes more in alignment with the Truth. We are not ignoring the facts, we are trusting God in the midst of them.
It's the promise of God’s presence in our lives that gives us this heavenly confidence. In Joshua 1:9, God calls Joshua to be confident because of His presence and we get to do the same.
What a time to be the Body of Christ!
We can demonstrate that the church isn’t a building. We can live generously. We can take precautions out of love for the most vulnerable individuals, rather than out of fear. We can pray for the government, our healthcare system, the sick, the afraid. We can encourage others. We can follow in the footsteps of the early church who cared for the suffering amid disease and calamity.
I invite you to ask God how you can pray for and encourage those around you in this season.
Let’s go deeper to ask God, “Why am I operating in fear? What am I putting my faith in?” Our loving Heavenly Father eagerly waits for us to come to Him so He can heal the areas of our lives that are ensnared by fear.
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