We live in a time when Fear is running rampant. In fact, contrary to popular opinion, the largest pandemic in our world is the pandemic
Psychologists tell us that the biggest fear most people have is the fear of death. Yet Jesus gives us hope, assuring us, "I AM the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." [John 11:25] God tells us over and over again in His Word, "Fear not!"
Most of us would like to enjoy our lives and avoid being stuck in a cycle of Fear. How can we do that?
The first step is recognizing that God is love, and His Spirit lives with each of His deeply loved children. So perfect love lives within each one of us—and it is written:
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment." I John 4:18
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
How can we say no to Fear?
- Saturate ourselves with God's Word.
- Limit the amount of news we watch.
- Read and memorize scripture.
- Surround ourselves with positive people.
- Limit social media interaction.
- Speak scripture out loud, saying, "It is written..."
"Peace I leave with you, My [own] [perfect] peace I give unto you [I now give and bequeath] to you. Not as the world gives do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [stop allowing yourself to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourself to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]"
JOHN 14:27—KJV with AMP and AMPC
God created us and placed us in His world for such a time as this. We are called to represent Him as we go about our daily lives.
Here is a quote from 1948 by C.S.Lewis. If we substitute the word "atom bomb" with "COVID," we can see how applicable it is for today:
“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. ‘How are we to live in an atomic age?’ I am tempted to reply: ‘Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.’
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
C.S. Lewis, From the essay, Living in an Atomic Age
Reading the quote pulls us back to what's really most important, and settles our thoughts on being present, right here, right now.