From fear to faith?

From fear to faith?As we enter the Advent Season on Sunday we will be struck by the warning of our readings for today that the world and all that is in it is “rushing helter-skelter to destruction with our fingers in our ears.”(Words from a song by Don Francesco) People are asking the question “Are we going to die?” in differing formats. With destruction and disease all around us we are certainly living in troubling times. How do we deal with this?Relentless newsThe broadcasting of world news has been relentless in highlighting every development in the struggle against Covid-19, for instance, and that is right and proper – yet too much of a good thing can be quite destructive. A single warning pulls us up to fight the threat – incessant bad news causes us to want to flee. Sometimes that reaction takes us to the destructive dark areas of our hearts – and that can lead to significant depression. And so, TV stations and news apps have become portals of a far more dangerous threat to our security – and that is fear. Fight fear with faithThere is only one way to fight this scourge of fear and that is with a much stronger weapon – the powerful weapon of faith! Often, we want God to fix our problems instantly. We want the raging waters around us to cease immediately. Yet sometimes in the middle of the crashing waves, God has a word for us. He wants us to deepen our faith and to grow in Him before He intervenes. He wants us to follow in faith — no matter how dark our circumstances seem.When Jesus spoke to the disciples in the storm on the lake, He acknowledged that their fears were great, and their faith was little. “You of little faith, why are you so afraid (Matthew 8:26) The relationship between faith and fear is like a seesaw. When one is up, the other is down. So, when we allow fear to rise, our faith will decline. But the opposite is true as well. When we increase our faith, our fear will fall.Faith that conquers fear depends on absolute trust in God. It is a faith that is manifested as an utter dependence on the sovereignty of God. When we live by faith, we know that even when the storm is at its worst, we can trust that God is working out His purposes for us.Breaking News!!Is it possible that we can increase our faith by continuously hearing how dangerous the context is? No, the Word of God says that faith comes from hearing – and only from hearing the Word of God (2 Corinthians 5:17). So here is some Breaking News!! It is the Good News in the Word of God that promises our Lord’s protection over you and me – through faith in God! Would you read Psalm 91: 1-5 with me now: – Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Surely, he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.May you be blessed with the deep peace of increased faith in these days.Blessings in Christ,Rob

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