Living out Faith over Fear in 2020.

For the last few months, we all been living in quarantine to some extent, essential worker or not. Our daily lives were interrupted: going out to restaurants, seeing family members, going to church, hitting the gym — basically doing anything that put us in close contact with others.

In recent events, Covid was beginning to feel like a thing in the past (as we are slowly reopening the country). Then came protesting over racial issues. It’s crazy to think such an issue still has roots in our country. And though the issue is still present, the riots and protests have faded (at least according to the media) and the “second wave of Corona” is upon us. | How much does the media really control us? Think about it.

Lately, I’ve been encouraged to share an experience that happened a few months ago.

At the beginning of the Coronavirus panic: While I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, I had imagined a huge dark cloud coming over America. At the time I associated with the media.

It looked ominous.

I found myself starting to worry; but in the midst of that worry, I began to pray: for myself, my family and friends, my co-workers, and our country. I didn’t know what extremes were coming to protect Americans from the ‘Rona.

However, as I prayed that night, a peace came over me.

I knew God was still in control. Not the media or anything else.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10, New International Version

How do we know God is in control?

In order to know who God is and what He is capable of, we should spend time getting to know Him.

Fact: He wants to be known and known by us on a personal level. He wants a relationship with us.

When we come to know God and what he did for us (John 3:16), we are given a confident hope in the things we cannot see. That is faith (Hebrews 11:1). It is by this faith “we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command” (verse 3) — His voice made the very universe we live in out of nothing.

We are not called to live in fear.

Disclaimer: If you still don’t feel comfortable leaving your home yet, then stay home. I realize some areas are different compared to others.

But, as the quarantine begins to slowly lift (again), we shouldn’t continue living our lives in fear. If anything, this should make us more aware about good hand-washing and other precautions we should take if we’re getting sick.

Ever since the beginning of this world, God was in command, and still is.

Fear only entered the world because sin entered the world. So did suffering, so did worry, and so did everything else that causes us pain.

We overcome fear and worry when we trust in God.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7, English Standard Version

I must admit, these last few months have been a struggle as I watched our beloved country dealing with Covid and the roots of our past. It breaks my heart to see people hurt and confused by these events.

But it’s also reassuring to know people want to help fight this battle.

My current weapons right now are praise and thanksgiving along with discernment. This not only reminds me of where I’ve come from, but it allows me to reflect on God’s goodness in rescuing me from, well, myself. If He cared for me then, why would He stop caring for me now? He never changed.

If we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself.

2 Timothy 2:13, English Standard Version

And furthermore …

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8, English Standard Version

This song is a beautiful reminder and perhaps a good summary of the thoughts (and feelings) this post contains.

I hope it brings you as much encouragement as it did (and still does) for me.

Be blessed & praying for y’all.

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