Trust During These Fearful Times

This is a crazy time. You definitely have to be living in a hole if you aren’t aware of how life has changed over the last few weeks. Social distancing wasn’t a thought until now….unless you lived back in the day where distance was required between a girl and boy when slow-dancing. (There definitely had to be visible space.) Pandemics were things we learned about in world history. Who would ever have thought this COVID-19 viral scourge would be part of our present experience? All of these changes and uncertainty have naturally spiked MY anxious responses. Yikes! I want to run and take a shower in anti-bacterial handwash every time I come in from being out in the public. How about you?

Sadly, the challenge which faces us nowadays is, “How do we live responsibly and continue to be rational, yet step out in faith to live life, knowing God is still sovereign over all and can be trusted?” I suggest we mistakenly think that trust and fear are mutually exclusive. In other words, we often think that in order to trust God, the feeling of fear must be absent…that we have to completely lose anxiety in order to move forward in faith. As a result, we buy into the lie which tells us we can’t have peace because fear has stolen its place.

Fear is a powerful emotion, and in many cases, such as this Corona virus scare, it prevents us from moving forward. However, it can be overlaid with something much more powerful, lessening the control of fear to rule us. Fear doesn’t necessarily disappear, but while it exists, trust OVERLAYS it. The power of trust is far greater than the dangers which produce fear.

I think of David and Goliath. The pure fact that Goliath was a large, powerful man dwarfed David. There was every reason to believe David was afraid. However, David’s fear didn’t keep him from pressing on. He fought the object of his fear and anxiety (Goliath), even though he was scared. How was this possible? He fought the giant with confidence because even though he was still afraid, his trust that God would ultimately take care of him was larger and heavier than the fear. We can have this same assurance if we remember what we know to be true, and resist our feelings to be the convincing factor.

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