I usually stay clear of the issues in today’s society. In my writings. But this has been on my heart for quite some time.
The COVID-19 pandemic is eliciting a lot of different emotions and reactions for many people, and the most common one is fear. Fear of catching the virus, fear of dying or having a family member die, fear of losing a job, fear of being able to pay bills, and fear of what the future will look like.
A common response I’ve seen from believers in Christ facing very real fears lately is the idea that as believers, we shouldn’t be scared. Beyond that, there are people who believe that if they are scared, then that means they don’t have enough faith and they are in sin. After all, the Bible tells us multiple times to not fear, so wouldn’t it be disobedience if we fear?
While the Bible does encourage us many times to not fear, it doesn’t mean that being scared is a sin. Fear is an emotion that is given to us by God. In its most primal form, it’s meant to protect us from danger and give us energy and motivation to get out of harms way or avoid a catastrophe. Much like anger, the presence of fear itself is not a sin, but it can lead to sinful behavior if we are not careful.
Go ahead be angry. You do well to be angry- but don’t use you anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry . Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold on your life. -Ephesians 4:26-27-
Fear is not a pleasurable emotion, and if given the chance, most of us choose to avoid it. But fear is not something we can just instantly turn off, it often creates an internal struggle. So when we find ourselves fearful, how we respond in a way that honors God and doesn’t give the Devil a foothold in our lives?
Here are A Few Ways How.
Take Your Fear To God
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord save me!” -Matthew 14:30-
When we start to sense fear rising up in our soul, the most important thing for us to do is to take that fear to God in prayer. You can be brutally honest with Him about what you are scared of and how it’s making you feel because He already knows.
In Matthew 14, Peter experienced fear when he was walking on water and began to sink, so he quickly called out to Jesus to help him. Jesus immediately held out His hand for Peter and kept him from drowning.
Peter’s first reaction was to ask Jesus for help because despite being scared in the moment, he knew Jesus was trustworthy. When you are scared, God is there to extend His hand to help you avoid drowning in fear.
If you feel like being afraid is a sin, or if you’ve been taught that it’s wrong, it can be tempting to try and avoid God for fear of Him being mad at you. This creates the fear cycle.
Explore Where Your Fear Is Coming From
Let Us Examine Our Ways And Test Them, And let Us Return To The Lord. -Lamentations 3:40-
Depending on their past experiences and personalities, some people may have a greater natural propensity to fear than others. If you have experienced abuse or rejection as a child, or maybe you have a more timid personality, these factors may cause you to fear more often and strongly that others.
Maybe you are so fearful because you lost a loved one, or are considered high-risk for the virus. Whatever fears you are facing, there are reasons behind it and the more you tap into those fears the better chance of getting to the root of them and moving forward in a healthy way.
Fear becomes sin when we attack other people who are not afraid. Or berate them because they are not afraid. When we make our fears all about hurting other’s or blaming others for your fear. The Devil has a foothold on you.
Recognize The Blessings God Can Bring From Your Fear
Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. -2 Corinthians 1:3-4-
Being comforted by God during the pandemic will strengthen your relationship with Him and deepen your faith and you will see the results of that for a long time after this is over.