Put your faith in God, put fear and worry aside
Maybe it’s just me, but over the last few years I’m noticing that one form of fear or another seems to drive a lot of decisions made around the world. And while some decisions based on fear are justified, as in people leaving their home countries due to bloodshed, other decisions are based on fears that I suspect have been manipulated to gain a certain result. The price of some commodity is going up. We had better stock up now or fear paying a higher price later. Vote for me or suffer the horrible consequences. Call this number because your credit card is in danger. Did you ever get the feeling that our fears are being exploited for someone else’s gain?
The thing about fear is that it seems to begin with worry. We worry about our financial stability, we worry about the future, we worry about our loved ones, we worry about the state of the world with all the mayhem it contains. Unfortunately, that worry over time can turn into fear, which can turn to anger, the anger can turn into hatred, and sometimes the hatred turns into violence. It seems to begin with worry and the resulting fears worry causes us to imagine.
Admittedly, some types of worry and fear have been a good thing for humans. Fear and worry helped us survive. When we worry, we hopefully are making an attempt to figure out the best course of action to rid ourselves of whatever causes our fear, and not simply thinking about how horrible life might become for us. Figuring out a solution is possible most of the time for fears that are grounded in solid information. But what about fears that are tossed out there based on little or no information and popular because they affect us emotionally? A simple example might be a product advertisement, which tells us you should have an item, or else you aren’t really living life to the fullest. How much do we worry about living life to the fullest?
One way to rid ourselves of worry is to talk about it with others and gain their viewpoints. How often can a serious personal conversation help us to see that our fears are unfounded or solvable in some way? Unfortunately, so many live in such an isolated world that the concept of having a serious face to face conversation seems to have almost disappeared. On top of that, fear can appear to be a weakness on our part, and how often do we worry about appearing weak to others?
So much of this seems to begin with worry. Now this may or may not be news to you, but fear and worry are examined in the Bible and the information contained there has been found helpful to generations of people. A number of folks from Biblical times used the phrase “fear not” and, while it may sound simplistic, there actually is a way to at least cut down on the fear, and that is to eliminate worry as much as possible.
Jesus encourages us to cut our worries by making comparisons with nature. If God dresses the wildflowers better than royalty, don’t you think that you, (worth much more than wildflowers to God) aren’t going to be looked after? And look at the birds; they don’t plant crops, but do they worry about what they eat? And aren’t you worth more than a bird to God? And then there is my favourite piece of advice from Luke 12: Which of you, by worrying, can add a single hour to your life?
Look for the freedom from worry and fear, which God offers us.
U.S. Army Military Police from Fort Bliss, Texas, have shown up at the San Ysidro port of entry to support Border Patrol after President Donald Trump has said he fears an invasion of Hondurans arriving in coming weeks. Rev. Charles Nolting says that over the last few years, he’s noticed that one form of fear or another seems to drive a lot of decisions made around the world.