Dealing With Fear March 9, 2020


What is ahead? As I write these words the news is filled with stories related to the Coronavirus that is sweeping the globe and the downturn of financial markets. Mix in the political climate and uncertainty about the future and you have a recipe for anxiety! Perhaps your fears are more connected to personal issues, but we all deal with fear at times.

Remember this: God is not the author of fear and never puts unnecessary anxious care in the hearts of His children. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). Fears may be rooted in circumstances, others, the devil, or your own emotion – but they are not rooted in God.

This is a time for God’s people to rest in Him and share the peace of God with others. When you are tempted to worry and consumed with what “could” happen, run to the Lord. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

  • There is one thing we must do: cast our cares on the Lord.
  • There is one thing we must remember: He cares for us!

God does give us common sense and the responsibility to choose wisely. To rest in Him does not mean that we are inactive or unprepared. We do our part and know that God will do His.

The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31).

Educate yourself on what is going on in the world – but do not get overwhelmed by news that fails to take God into account! The perspective from Heaven’s throne is very different from what commentators and prognosticators see.

Prepare yourself as best you can for days ahead – but do not begin to think that we are in our own hands! We are in the hands of an all-loving, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful God!

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

I do not know what is ahead. No one does. But I know this: God is already there and He will be with us. “Fear not.

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  1. Yuni on March 9, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Thank you for this encouraging and comforting post. As a foreigner living in the U.S., I feel more vulnerable and weary than any time in my life. The good thing about this situation is it makes me rely more on God and teaches me how weak I am, whereas my God is so strong and so kind at the same time.

    • Scott Pauley on March 14, 2020 at 11:57 PM

      It is wonderful that our God is not bound by geography! God bless you.

  2. Mylène (Sebastian wife from Quebec) on March 10, 2020 at 9:18 AM

    Thank you dear brother in Christ God bless your ministry and your family

  3. Rosario m Salazar on March 11, 2020 at 1:02 AM

    Enjoy it

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