By Pam Horton
During what will surely be perceived as a historic event, the COVID-19 pandemic, I am hearing more people than usual expressing their feelings. With many states having “stay-at-home” orders, symptoms of anxiety and depression are running high. Some people have jobs that are considered “essential,” while others are working from home. Many more people have lost their jobs due to temporary business shutdowns. It is not a time of “business as usual” here in the U.S. or globally.
When you ask someone how they are feeling, you will often get the answer, “I’m scared. Scared of what the future may hold, and the unknown aspect of this whole virus thing.” This is the time for Christians to be strong in their faith and be a light to those who do not know the peace of Christ. I have heard many Christians express their fears, as well. Now is the perfect time to strengthen your faith.
We have a friend who reached out to ask if we could send out Bible verses about fear and where to find them in the Bible. My husband quickly obliged and now posts a verse to his Facebook page daily. We’ve started hashtagging many of our posts #Fear2Faith to make it easy for people to find encouragement to help them not be afraid.
These are not just coming from us. We are following the words of Jesus. In the New King James Version, we are told “fear not” 11 times and “do not be afraid” 48 times.
Some of my favorite verses about having no reason to fear are these:
Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (NKJV).
Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (NKJV).
And though Mathew 28:20 NKJV does not mention fear, the last statement is one I hold dear: “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Words written in red, spoken by Jesus. His promise to His disciples, and all who come to believe in Him.
Paul later writes in Romans 8:28, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NKJV).
Think of “these things” as being our current pandemic. Remember that Jesus is with us always; Isaiah, Joshua, and Matthew all attest to that promise.
Let us remember that he has plans for us. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (NKJV). He desires for us to have peace and a hope for the future.
I do not believe fear and hope can live in the same heart, for hope drowns out fear. When we are fearful, we must rely on our faith, our belief and trust in our Almighty Father. It’s time to let go of your fear and to grow from #Fear2Faith.
Pam Horton grew up believing in Jesus. As a teenager and young adult, she turned away from her faith for a few years. Once she came back around to understand it’s not about religion, but a relationship, she began a never-ending quest to grow closer to God. Through this process, she has learned to stress less and choose joy. Pam has published seven nonfiction books available through Amazon. She has also written articles for the Military Counseling Initiative and Youth Worker, as well as being featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. Pam and her husband, Jim, own NewDirection Life Coaching, where they encourage others to move positively forward. Find daily verses about having no fear on Jim’s FB page.