Fear seems to be ruling many hearts these days. People are afraid of viral infection and the possibilities of grave illness or death; loss of jobs, savings, homes, or other possessions. Fear of going out; fear of staying in; fear of government over-reach, and the list goes on. One person told me that she lies awake at night worrying about losing family members to the coronavirus. What does God’s Word say to this? The quick and easy answer? Fear does not come from God:
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.~2Timothy 1:9 KJV
So now let’s move on to God’s solution. Comfort one another:
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NLT
Our loving Father has the answers for coping with every troublesome time:
I solemnly urge you in the presence of God, and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom:
Preach the Word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. ~ 2Timothy 4:1-5 NLT
The Good News is the Gospel of the Living Christ; that He came to earth to redeem sinners from an eternity in Hell as a punishment for our sins. He lived a perfect life on earth but gave Himself up to the cross in order to pay our sin debt. Now God the Father sees only the shed sacrificial blood of Jesus whenever He looks upon believers. Our debt is paid and we can enjoy an eternal life with God.
Salvation is a free gift. How amazing is that? All God requires is that each person admits that he or she is a sinner and asks Jesus for forgiveness; then follows Him as LORD. It’s that simple. No more need to fear. God is powerful and just to forgive us from sin and holds us in the palm of His hand; no matter what the situation. Yes, we will still be mortal and live in a broken world until our death or the return of Jesus. We will still endure hardships and social evil just like our neighbors. But we do not need to fear! Jesus has sent us The Comforter, The Holy Spirit. He will never leave us or forsake us now or ever. He will settle our hearts with peace and understanding if we pray and seek what God has for us.
His peace I leave with you now until the next time:
“I, yes I, am the one who comforts you…
Soon all you captives will be released! Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate! For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar. My name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. And I have put my words in your mouth and hidden you safely in my hand. I stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid the foundations of the earth. I am the one who says to Israel, ‘You are my people!’” ~ Isaiah 51: 12a, 14-16 NLT
WE SERVE A MIGHTY GOD. TRUST IN HIM! HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER! AMEN.
Are we comforting others who experience fear like we are instructed to do in God’s Word?
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