What is your reason not to be afraid?
This week we see mixed reports as to how different countries are coping with the issues we face. Positive reports of countries who are removing restrictions are countered with other headlines of new outbreaks. How do the reports you hear affect your fear level? Have you managed your fear levels effectively during this period? What advice would you give to others who were feeling overwhelmed and discouraged?
In Isaiah, we find a reason to overcome fear. The word of God is not a rebuke, but a confidence building promise. We are redeemed, we are called and we belong.
We read in the book of Acts of the difference that the Holy Spirit made on the early disciples. The dramatic change in Peter’s life shows us the transformation from fear to confidence that God can bring. Peter, on the night Jesus was sent to trial, disowned Jesus and ran away in fear. On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood in front of many who were accusing him of being drunk and explained to them that Jesus’ death and resurrection fulfilled all the old testament prophecies. Peter's report brought the message of redemption, calling and belonging to all those who believed. In Acts 2:41 we read that over 3000 were added to the number of believers that day.
What reports are you listening to the most? My challenge for us all is to allow the words of God to give us the courage we need. With his help, we can overcome fear and encourage others to overcome it too.