Worship: God's Remedy for the Fear Virus
Timothy and Psalms offer wisdoms in dealing with this crippling emotion
Last updated 3/25/2020 at 1:09pm
Well, the coronavirus has struck, and to say that our lives have been disrupted would be an understatement! In order to help control the spread of the virus, people are being asked to stay home unless absolutely necessary. Restaurants, entertainment and recreational facilities are closed, and if all that weren’t bad enough, two of my favorite sporting events have been canceled or postponed, the NCAA Basketball Tournament (March Madness) and the Master’s Golf Tournament. A guy can only take so much!
Even churches and other places of faith that normally have weekly gatherings are suspending services, and we are having to get creative in how we fellowship.
At Mukilteo Foursquare Church we have decided to temporarily replace our normal Sunday service with a livestream on Facebook Live. If you’re interested, we would love to have you join us! Just go to http://www.facebook.com/mukilteofoursquare Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. to check it out.
Crisis moments like this cannot only disrupt things, but they can bring out the worst or the best in us. The “best” I see coming out in us as a society and a community is that at a time when our country seems so divided over things like politics, social issues, etc., the coronavirus is causing us to put our differences aside and join together in trying to prevent the further spread of it, and to help each other get through it. That’s what community is all about!
The worst that crisis moments can bring out of us is a sense of panic, which is rooted in a spiritual virus I call the Fear Virus, and I see it affecting so many people right now! It’s not a virus that affects us physically so much, although it can lead to physical effects, but it’s a virus that primarily affects our mind and emotions.
If left unchecked it can have devastating consequences. We become susceptible to the Fear Virus when things happen that are beyond our control, and we find ourselves worrying about the “what if’s” of life; “What if I get sick? What if I lose my job? What if my children get into drugs? What if my marriage fails? What if my spouse dies, and I’m left not only dealing with the emotional pain of that loss, but also the financial hardship that might come with it?”
These are all legitimate concerns, but they are also things that make us susceptible to the Fear Virus, which can be emotionally crippling.
The Bible addresses the Fear Virus in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God wants us to have a sound mind, but fear robs us of that. So, what are we to do? Is there a remedy? Yes! It’s called God’s Peace, which causes a reversal of the effects of fear, and it helps us have the sound, peaceful heart and mind that God wants us to have.
You can experience that peace by trusting in Jesus as your Savior, and entrusting your life to Him as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Only then can you have true, lasting peace and be healed of the Fear Virus. The good news is that Jesus doesn’t discriminate, but He invites all to come to Him, and He offers His peace to all!
I want to leave you with one portion of Scripture that has been stirring in my heart ever since the coronavirus hit. It’s Psalm 91:1-7, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.”
This is the hope we have as God’s children. So, I want to encourage you to place your faith in Jesus, meditate on these verses, and let them fill your heart and mind, and drive out the Fear Virus.