Pursue God in Fearful Times

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us.

Over the past several weeks, our lives have been changed in ways I could not have imagined. As the coronavirus has spread across our country and the world, life has become different for us. In the midst of all that is happening, we have seen a lot of anxiety and fear. People are afraid they are not going to have enough, thus the hoarding purchases. People have the real fear that they are going to lose their jobs as businesses have had to close. People are afraid they or a loved one will contract the virus, and that is a real threat.

People have calmed their fears by trying to control what they can. Events have been cancelled, schools closed, and church worship services and ministries cancelled. Many have taken measures to help stop the spread of the virus through staying home, washing hands, and keeping distance from others when we do go out in public. Others try to have control in this situation by buying 80 rolls of toilet paper.

As I prepared to make a video of the mission story from Mission Friends Leader during March, it struck me how the story dealt with fear. In the missionary’s church, a teacher told the children the Bible story of Jesus calming the storm when the disciples were afraid. The same story was the Scripture focus for that day from Prayer Patterns in Missions Mosaic, so I felt that God was leading me to really look at the passage in Luke 8:22-25. Jesus told the wind to be still, and the seas became calm. Jesus then asked the disciples, “Why are you so afraid?” (Matt. 8:26). He knew of their fear, and wanted them to place their faith in Him. We can also go to Jesus with our fears and place our faith in Him.

The Bible has a lot to say about fear. In these verses from Psalms, we are encouraged to pursue God, trust in His love, and place our hope in Him.

  • I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
     
  • The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7
     
  • But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:18-22

Prayer: Just as the disciples came to Jesus with their fears, I seek you as the One who can calm my fears. Thank you for being my help and shield. Let me share with preschoolers that you are our helper who cares for us. Help me to put my hope in you. Amen


 

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