As the Cornovirus pandemic continues to worsen, the world is filled with anxiety and fear. It’s your choice to decide if you will fill your thoughts with fear or rise up and activate your faith. So, which team are you on?
Personally, I have played on both teams. If you can admit it, I think we all have. I must say though when it comes to Faith vs. Fear, my least favorite is FEAR.
But what is fear - really? I’ve seen it best described as False Evidence that Appears Real. It’s totally the opposite of faith. And its main job is to handicap us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Actually, if we’re not careful and watchful, fear can literally creep in when we least expect it, and before you know, it’s got us! Just like that! I don’t know about you, but I’ve discovered that it’s hard to cope when fear of the unknown gets the best of me. Yet, I’ve also discovered that fear can only consume us if we allow it.
That’s why we have to come to grips with the fact that as soon as the "what ifs” or "could ifs" come into play, we must immediately tackle those thoughts; run to God for help and allow Him to transform our minds. Fear is contagious, but so is faith.
Now, let's put the spirit of fear on the sidelines for a moment and play on the team of faith.
So, what is faith? Well, the Bible tells us that, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen” (see Hebrews 11:1). But how can we believe if we don’t see? We are experiencing challenging times right now in the world. Actually, the challenges that we experience test our faith in God. I know for me personally; the Lord has put me through several tests in my life. Did I pass them all? Nope! Yet, none of us like to go through tests and trials. However, they are required to develop our strength and character.
We are living in a very interesting time right now, and the Coronavirus has the entire world at a standstill. Do not allow what is taking place in the world around you to cause your spirituality to come to a standstill. Keep moving forward in faith.
In closing, I want to encourage you to not be controlled or consumed by the fear in your mind. Instead, choose to have faith over fear.