Hey Sum Family, Tiffany here!
On Thursday, my husband felt it was time to stock up on groceries. I had heard the "rumors" but as we walked the aisles, I was amazed to see that there truly was a shortage on many things. I couldn't believe the long lines, rationing and deep concern on the faces of shoppers. If one person would cough or sneeze, they were quick to "swear" that they weren't sick. My heart was broken for these people who were legitimately scared. I released an audible outcry in the aisles, "Lord Jesus, I bless these people with peace."
With the times that we are living in, there is a lot of uncertainty, anxiety and downright fear. The media isn't helping ease any tension when it is the most talked about subject. It is important to keep up to date; however, we have to be careful on what we are filling our minds.
What does the Word of the Lord say about bad news?
These verses are my go to in times of uncertainty and fear. We are God's righteous. The promise for us is we will never be shaken. We will have no fear of bad news. Our hearts are steadfast as we trust in Him. We walk in a unique place. We know the perspective of the Kingdom and we know the perspective of the world. Because of our march around Jericho on behalf of our spouses and families we are able to walk the line "in between."
Even though the darkness seems to be closing in, our light becomes all the brighter. In the midst of fear, our boldness for the Kingdom begins to shine brighter.
When we choose to stand in faith on the Word of God, it gives us a confidence in the God of the Word. Verses like we've read today are tools in our arsenal.
Just this last week, I have been able to witness to my husband with words. The conversation went like this:
Jason - So, I think that we will probably get the Coronavirus now.
Me - No we won't. Why do you think that?
Jason - My coworker was at that event where the first reported person was before being admitted into the hospital. She is doing nothing to self-quarantine herself. It is really frustrating.
Me - Well [the news] said that people at that event only need to be concerned if they played in the tournament. Besides, I plead the blood of Jesus over us every morning. We are going to be fine.
As we sat in silence for a moment, I was honestly surprised to see how easily that flowed from my vocal cords and out of my mouth. He was stopped in his tracks. I wasn't sure if he was receptive or if he quiet as to not start a conflict. A few days later, we had a similar conversation and again the words flowed, "My grandma is covered by the blood of Jesus. She will be fine." This time the response was, "Every time we talk about something like this, you don't have to always find a way to bring religion into it."
Whether receptive or not, we get the privilege to share the love of Jesus to those around us. We get the blessing of peace in the midst of the storm. We have the confidence and joy that the world needs.
Do not forget that perfect love drives out fear. Be blessed today. Know that the blood of Jesus covers us and our loved ones. Know that God is in control. Know that He is not surprised. He is still on the throne. In the words of Lynn - march on warriors. We win!
Let's talk in the comments. What are some of your favorites verses to help drive out fear?