“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
My original thought a week or so ago was that I wanted to write something for St Patrick’s Day and I would name is “Turning Green” and it would be about envy.
But My, how things can change in a couple of weeks.
And I am quite sure everyone, everywhere at this moment in time as we are all being quarantined into our own little spots in the world.
Schools closed, churches advised to close, many working from home, people stocking up food, stocking up supplies and what about all those who can’t?
The President telling us to keep our groups to the number ten.
Ironically ten is the number of completion and in the end all the face masks and hand sanitizer in the world isn’t going to change the fact that we live on earth and earth is fragile, and we are fragile.
Whether this was a man-made weapon gone wrong or if it is truly just a mutation of some otherwise harmless virus that somehow manged to evolve itself into a killing machine is completely irrelevant in the end, and yes I did just say that it is completely irrelevant.
In the grand scheme of things, we are human, humans die, no one wants to die but every single day of our lives we face death.
When we get out of bed everyday we face death.Even in the best of health we could die at any second, simply driving down the road we are usually listening to music or planning our day or our thoughts are on pressing things of the moment or future plans but nevertheless, we could potentially die with one wrong move of that vehicle or because of the wrong move of another.
The only difference is that now we are painfully AWARE the danger.
We are extremely aware, the news tells us that we could die, the internet tells that we could die and all that can be heard and seen tells, reaffirming the fact that we could all very well die.
And do know I am not in any way making light of any of it, i have study prophecy for years and there are certain things that are what they are and there are certain things that will be because the Bible has already been written.
Just as Jesus said concerning his own death after His resurrection, from Luke 24:44: “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were in written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
So we know what is written is written and it all has to come to pass just as God said that it would but God has hope and comfort in all things.
So I am not getting into that at the moment but it is good time to really reflect on the reality that there are some very scary, quite horrifying events that will take place on this earth.
The time of all those things are for God and God alone to know and be judge of but Jesus gave us very clear markers to know how far we have came on that path and he gave us those because he does not want us to be terrified and blindsided that those things would come and we would not know what was happening.
And so we go on into this post, we are now as a people, not a nation, not a race, but all of humankind dealing with this one common enemy- the virus- whose name I have heard so much these past weeks that I don’t even want to use it.
But we now all have a common foe, and that foe is bringing global fear and the fear is the true enemy, not the virus.
Fear destroys, it kills, it steals, it takes your peace and your joy and even though you live, it steals your very life because if we are so terrified, consumed by the though of losing our lives how are really ever going to live?
So I want to “talk” to you about fear, perfectly normal to be afraid, David was very afraid when Saul was trying to kill him, Peter was horrified and Daniel really did not want to be eaten alive but he knew he had to trust God, he knew this was a very real possibility and he knew that he would be thrown into the lions and he was but God delivered him.
Jesus telling us to “Fear not, little flock…” is one of my favorite verses, that is God telling YOU, me, all that serve and love Him, the most simple of messages for us to not be afraid, a message we have heard often through lives from childhood as our Mothers, Fathers, and other adults reassured to not be afraid, letting us know that everything would be okay, and we trusted that.
So please don’t look at this world, like an old friend used to tell me “Just don’t look down” keep your eyes focused on the good things, happy things and think about things that bring you joy and peace, this virus and this time of uncertainty and fear will not be forever but God and his eternal promises are forever.
So read his word and pray and pray for all those whoa re trapped in that fear because fear is destructive and its affects can last well past the course of those things that bring that fear to us.
And may I please suggest that you read Psalm 91 and quote it and believe it over you, and your loved ones.
I want to also leave you with a though tonight, you know when God brought the plagues upon Eygpt and they were covered in absolute darkness the Hebrews, God’s people still had light in all their dwellings. SAME GOD and the same God will take care of you and see us all through whatever this world holds and whatever is yet to unfold.
Praying God’s peace and love, blessings and most of all his perfect love, which casts out all fear for you and yours this season of life.
Φλογιζω NBJ 2020/ Rev. Nina Brown Johnson