Antidote for Fear
Yesterday a large number of citizens of my state waited in agonized anticipation of an address by our governor. It was untimely, and fear was high. Was he going to mandate masks, restrict us to our homes, shut down businesses again, or worse?
Our country is experiencing fear today in ever-increasing amounts. Such an insidious culprit. Case numbers are going up astronomically, hospitals are reaching capacity, cancel the Family Reunion, we don’t want to kill Grandma.
Will the children go back to school? What will happen if they do? What will happen if they don’t?
Stop! Take a deep breath. Pick up your Bible and check out what it says about fear. Fear is not new to the Human Race. Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, and many other Old Testament characters admonished the people to set fear aside. David, the Psalmist when facing the Philistines, declared, “in God I trust; I will not be afraid.”
Moving on to the New Testament, what does Jesus say about fear? In countless situations, He admonished, “Do not fear!” The synagogue ruler, the disciples, the Apostle Paul, and crowds of listeners were all instructed to trust God. Shortly before He ascended back into Heaven, Jesus said, “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV)
Paul, in his letter to the Philippians instructs them, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
“Lord Jesus, please help me to cast my fear on you, and trust you to give me peace. Amen.”
I am a retired teacher who desires to make Jesus known.