This morning I was reflecting on the changing world around me. We have gone from a world that is bustling with “places to go and people to see” to one that is saying, “you have nowhere to go and no one to see”. In essence, the world is telling us to hunker down-to prepare to be in one place for a long time, for our own protection. We can and we should be mindful of all that is going on around us. We probably shouldn’t mock, but carefully consider our response to the real fear and anxiety caused by this thing that we cannot see.
Why simply hunker down at home when you can also hunker down into Christ? The Bible is full of passages that remind us, exhort us, and command us to trust and follow God through whatever circumstance we find ourselves. Not easy, but absolutely imperative.
2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”
We tell our kids to have self control all the time. We expect them to control their actions, their behavior toward others, and even their tongues. We grown ups can also have self control, specifically over our thoughts and fears. We can hold every thought captive to Christ. He tells us not to have spirit of fear. A spirit of fear is when we let our fears overtake us, and in essence, keep us from moving in any direction. God knows each of us, and He knows that even though we are told to not have a spirit of fear, fear will sitll inevitably come. I believe that it is because He knows that fear will come that there is so much said about it in scripture. In our fear, Psalm 56:3 tells us to put our trust in Him. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Psalm 46;1 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
In Mark 4 we are told the story of the disciples and Jesus being out on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is asleep, and the disciples are consumed by fear of the storm. They are tossed about, water is coming on board, and their very lives appear to be in danger. In their panic, they ask Jesus, “Don’t you care that we are about to drown?” He responds by getting up, and then “rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?
He commanded the storm to calm, from right beside them. Jesus is also right beside each of us. We may have to weather a few storms, and we may feel tossed about, but we have Him to walk beside us, to provide the calm in the middle of the storm, and to carry us through.
Hebrews 6:18, 19 “Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”