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Promise Over Panic

Does anyone else feel like we are currently living in a movie?

Or, at any moment, Ashton Kutcher is going to pop out of a bush and let us all know that we're being "Punk'd"?


Well my friends, unfortunately, this Coronavirus, quarantine, national emergency thing is pretty darn real. And we are all feeling the impact of it in one way or another.


Yes, it feels scary, and yes the unknown can bring baggage of crippling fear and anxiety with it. However, with a shifted perspective, we can see this as opportunity.


The world is in a serious panic. That's pretty evident. I mean - look at any social media platform, or the toilet paper aisles. Pure panic mode.


Honestly, this reaction from society is what worries me more than the actual virus does. I'm not discounting the severity of this health crisis, and I'm not taking it lightly. But, I'm also not taking society's response lightly either.


Worrying and living in fear does not help the situation.

Anxiety is not productive.

Pessimistic attitudes are not going to change the bitterness of reality.


Do you know what does, though?


Prayer. Faith. Hope. Love.


I don't want you to get the wrong idea, though. I'm sure most of you are rolling your eyes at me and wondering how I can continue to preach this during such trying times.


Here's the clarification: I'm not asking you to not feel fear.

Believe me, as a girl who is no stranger to anxiety - I know fear.


Fear lives at my front door, constantly knocking to invite itself in.


I used to open the door, and let him in day after day.

Now? I refuse. I know its daunting knock, and it has no business entering my mind.


I feel its presence, but I am not overtaken by it.


This is nothing more than a decision to believe the truth of God, rather than just highlighting it, or talking about it.


When you truly decide to believe that God promises to take care of His people, and has your best interest in mind at all times - you can keep the door shut in fear's face.


Something that is so important to remember, is that God sees the end from the beginning.

Just because we don't see a way out of this, or how this could possibly turn out for good, God does - and He is not worried. So we shouldn't be either.


Think about Job.


God allowed satan to take everything from this man, just to illustrate the authenticity of his faith. Job's faith did not rely on his material wealth, but rather it was rooted in his God.

Sure, Job felt fear when all of this was stripped from him, but he kept his eyes fixed on God - of course, with a few reminders, which also shows his human flesh.


Job's initial response was one of pride. Sound familiar?

We may not realize it, but our reaction of fear or pity is one of pride.


When we give in to fear, we are saying that we don't trust God to take care of us, and we begin to try and figure out what to do ourselves. We think that we can take everything into our own hands and fix the situation, instead of seeking God's wisdom.


When we decide that we don't deserve what we are going through, or we cannot handle the loss of any riches, we are saying that we actually deserve God to bless us all of the time, and couldn't live without material wealth.


While God loves to bless us, we don't deserve it...at all. No matter how "good" you think you are, we are all human. We all sin, we all fall short.


We don't deserve anything from God.


Job, in his flesh, initially reacted to his situation as an unfair treatment. However, when he was reminded of the power of God, he immediately repented, and changed his heart.


"Listen to this Job; STOP and consider God's wonders."


Job knew God and His goodness, but He needed to take a pause and REMEMBER how powerful God was, is, and always will be.


Maybe we are being called to pause.


Maybe we are being stripped of our jobs, distractions & idols that are becoming in the forefront of our lives because we have forgotten to reflect on God's wonders, and how powerful He is. Maybe we have put everything else in control, forgetting that all of it means nothing, without the One who created it.


Maybe we are being blessed with the opportunity to take the time to reflect and remember how much God has undeservingly provided for us before.


And, guess how this story ends, my friends?


"After Job had prayed...the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before."


Not that we should be looking for the end game to be blessing, because Job did not see restoration in his future at all, but rather, we should be seeking a change in our hearts. We should be yearning to strengthen our faith, and take the time to be thankful for all that we have.


We should be shifting our perspective, and seeing how God could really use this time to sober us and use us for His kingdom.


We have been called to be a light in the dark, and what better time is there than now to finally lace up and get in the game?


The world may be lost in fear - but we are not. We have hope that this too shall pass, and God can and will restore this situation. We cannot have an attitude of the victim, or of lost hope. We have to shut the door on that, and CHOOSE to believe in the unseen.


 

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

 

Is your faith in humanity? Is your faith in your government? Is your faith in your finances?


This is our wake up call.

Our faith should be in God, and God alone.


Let's stand in faith, and remember all that He is capable of doing.

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