Fear Not. Seriously?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:6-7

When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.

– Psalm 56:3

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Did you ever look into all the places where Scripture says, “Don’t be afraid?” There are a lot of them. Does anyone besides me find that much easier said than done?

I don’t think of myself as a fearful person, generally. I have a few odd fears – specifically fire and caged birds – but in my normal daily life I wouldn’t say that I experience much fear. This past year or so has not exactly been normal daily life though, has it? There has been an atmosphere of free-floating anxiety. And it is completely legitimate. Very scary things are happening.

My friend George is a missionary in Guatemala. Early in the pandemic he wrote something about the situation on his Facebook feed, and another friend commented, “I am so scared.” George replied to her, “Don’t be scared. Be aware. Be prepared. Get close to God.”

“Don’t be scared. Be aware. Be prepared. Get close to God.”

George is wise. God is on His throne.

Caution is good, and if I boldly said, “God will protect me” while walking out in front of traffic, Solomon could legitimately use me in a proverb illustrating “foolishness.” Foolishness is not courage. Not even close. But I do believe that God will use our current scary situations for His good, for His glory. People will turn to Him and be saved.

In the meantime, friends, I encourage you to think – what can you do? Doing beats feeling in times of uncertainty. Can you help someone? Pray for someone? Write a letter to someone who is isolated and lonely? What can I do? Real question. If there is something that I can do for you – any of you – please tell me. Ask for help. Offer help. We can get through this. 

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