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Fear Not

It's easy to see why people are afraid to leave their houses, nowadays (if you watch the news or pay attention to Social Media, anyway). Wars, rumors of wars, unrest, people behaving savagely to one another, sickness, food shortages, all sorts of things. Yet, I'm going to tell you I'm not afraid of any of it. "What about your wife and kids, aren't you afraid for them?" one might ask, which is a fair and valid question. If I'm honest, it's crossed my mind a time or two. Yet, I will say with utmost confidence that I'm not afraid for them either. I've thought about their future, people's increasing wickedness, disease, and the like, but in prayer and study of the Bible, I come to one conclusion: God is still on the Throne. This physical body may pass away. I may get sick, my wife and children may die, but I realize the most selfish thing I can do for them is to deny them any quality of life because I fear for their safety. If I prolong my days in fear, hoarding toilet paper and food, if I march (or, rather, complain on the internet) until I bully everyone in to my way of thinking, or any other thing it does not stop the reality that they still may die in spite of my effort (there's a hundred percent chance that everyone born before Jesus returns will die). I can't change a single thing by worrying. Political movements rise and fall. People come and go. Sicknesses return, and fade with time. Jesus is still King, and His Father still sits on the throne of Grace, and Eternity is still forever. People are dying, daily, without knowing Jesus, and to me that is the greater pandemic. The Gospel is the great cause of the Christian, and loving God with all we are, and our neighbor as our self is still the great command. In light of Eternity, I do not fear, for I know the One who holds it all in His victorious righteous right hand. I pray you do, too. Isiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you;

be not dismayed, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Matthew 6:25- 33 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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