NOTE: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing world-wide fear and sometimes panic, we post this encouraging story. God’s people can and should be filled with peace and courage. This is an opportunity for us to shine His light. Shine brightly brothers and sisters!
“He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.” Psalm 112:7
Sarah was a hypochondriac, a bundle of nerves, plagued by all kinds of fears—fears that she would become ill, that she would have an accident, that something would happen to her husband or children or that they would experience financial reverses. Her every conversation was negative. And of course, her attitude alienated her from others, and the more isolated she found herself, the more fearful she became.
Completely absorbed with her own problems, she was seriously contemplating suicide when a Christian couple moved in next door to her. They began to demonstrate the love of God and share the good news of His forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Few people had taken an interest in Sarah, but this godly, Christian couple, especially Mary, the wife, embraced her with understanding, compassion and a loving heart.
Together they studied the Bible and after a brief time, Sarah received Christ and began to grow as a Christian. She began to memorize Scripture and delighted in hiding large quantities of the Word in her heart. Now her mind and her conversations were saturated with the things of God—His attributes, His holiness, His love—and His promises became a joyful reality to her.
A year had passed when one day she remarked to me with great enthusiasm, “I have been liberated. Christ has set me free. I seldom think of my own problems anymore, but find my mind absorbed with God and His truth, and how I might reach out in love and compassion to others as Mary reached out to me in my desperate need.”
Sarah was no longer afraid. The fears that had plagued her were gone, because she knew God would take care of her and her family. No matter what happened, she knew she could trust a loving, gracious, holy, righteous God, who had become her very real heavenly Father. Jesus Christ had become more real to her than her own flesh and blood.
Your view of God really matters…
You may not be a hypochondriac like Sarah, but chances are you are worried and fearful about something today. The enemy would love for you to focus on your fear. Fear paralyzes you and infects those around you. FOCUS your thoughts on the character of God and put your trust, moment by moment, in Him.
Do you know someone who is consumed with fear and worry? Ask God to arrange an opportunity for you to share Christ with them and show them how to focus on GOD rather than their fear.
Read God’s Word Today…
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and ,minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
GOD, because You are Who You say You are, I will not live in fear.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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