We are now about two weeks into this coronavirus crises and sometimes fear can creep back into our hearts, especially as there is still no end is in sight.
The first week reminded me of a good Ohio winter snow storm. We couldn’t go to school and me and brothers and sisters spent the time looking out the window and finding games to occupy our time.
Well, it is now week two and if you are like me you have had enough looking out the window and have probably exhausted all your interests for occupying your time.
So please don’t be surprised if you are dealing with a second wind of doubts, anxiety, and fear. We are human, and we humans in 2020 with a constant barrage of media reports that want to keep us in fear.
Today, I would like to ask you to pause and think on 1 John 4:18 which says “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (ESV).
The solution to our fear is found in love.
A good understanding of this and by an example is to consider a couple standing at the marriage alter. By all outward measures a couple at the marriage alter have plenty of reasons to fear about their future. What if’s, what when’s, and where we’ll end up?
So why do two people give up the known existence of their lives to enter into an unknown future together? The answer is love. The love they mutually have calms the fears of the unknown. With love, they know they are not facing it alone but with another. Whatever happens will happen and they are okay with that because they going to face it together.
Well, apply this to where we are today in this coronavirus crises, but realize that it is the Lord God Himself that goes with us into the unknown future. 1 John 4:8 tells us that “God is love.”
God says “do not fear, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10), remember that Jesus came to earth as “God with us” (Matthew 1:23), He said “I will not leave you” (John 14:18), and take heart that he promised “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).
So if your heart begins to wonder with fear, start reassuring your mind that you are not in this alone. God is with you, and God’s family here at CrossHope Chapel are with you, too.