Fear drives people into a haze. From blessings to disappointments and from praise to complaints, it is through fear that we are subjects to a state of great envy and doubt. The world is incredibly chaotic now, with the pandemic on the loose. Millions of people are dying, and billions are at a loss. With calamities ravaging our lands, knowing calm requires a good sense of wisdom and strong faith in God.
As Joshua, the son of Nun, said to the Israelites whom God promised their land, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9). Through everything the Israelites have encountered, it is easy for evil to try and take the people of God away from Him. Therefore, facing a great enemy always requires courage, strength, and confidence. Still, if that enemy is that of the devil, infecting a whole city or the whole world, it is through our faith that we conquer everything.
In great bewilderment, the Israelites, amidst all the trials they’ve faced, were given the land that the Lord has promised unto them. Likewise, when we keep our spiritual connection strong, we are rewarded with the blessings the Lord had promised to us as children of God. The peace and spiritual security we find in our relationship with God helps us develop an even stronger connection with Him in our faith. Similarly, calamities such as hurricanes and pandemics have done a great deal of damage to humanity. This peril has forced some to leave their homes, and others have resorted to risky activities. But we should be assured that our prayers are still being heard by God, whenever we call out to Him. The Lord will always have His ways of answering our prayers. It is not a matter of hope but that of our faith in Him that He may come and save us from the things that trouble us in our daily lives.
by Cheryl Hawkins