People all over the world are experiencing new kinds of fear and anxieties. With the coronavirus pandemic, governments forcing people to stay home, and the economic uncertainty, it’s really no wonder so many are dreading tomorrow. Between job losses, death, and fear of the unknown, there are millions of people living hour by hour, minute by minute in spiritual chaos. Without a solid rock and a steadfast hope in a holy and perfect God, who keeps His promises, it doesn't make sense not to be afraid.
The answer to every fear, anxious thought, or irrational belief in the newest conspiracy theory is always, “but God” (Ephesians 2:4-8). Jesus told us not to fear and to have faith. Jesus told us not to be anxious for anything, for who can add even an hour to his life by it (Matthew 6:26-27). Regardless of what we might see in the natural, worldly sense, God’s providence is always working behind the scenes and we can trust our mighty and all-powerful God. He is not the author of evil, but He is totally sovereign. Nothing surprises the Lord and everything is meant to glorify Him (Romans 11:36).
What does that mean for us, as Christians? Well, we are to shine light in the darkness, offer hope and salvation to those in the dark, and let God handle the rest. Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Today is the day to love someone and give them a real reason not to be afraid of tomorrow. Be the voice of reason and point others to Christ.
The unbelieving world does not have this sure foundation, nor does it have a saving relationship with the one true God, Jesus Christ. If you know someone who is suffering right now, or any time, love them and share the Gospel. Tell them about heaven and that they have nothing to fear. Tell them to repent of their sins, turn from their unbelief, and put their trust in the savior. He is faithful and just to forgive (1 John 1:9). He doesn't promise us riches or fame, or even an easier life, but He promises us that He will “never leave us nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5), and, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37). We will then be able to live in freedom from the power of sin (Romans 8:2) and overcome the grip of the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15).
Will you be a loving neighbor to someone today?
Love Is Not Silent ~LINS