There is a lot of fear and uncertainty right now. I recently read a COVID death statistic from a national news source that was purposely written to strike fear into the reader.
COVID deaths are still happening, one group yelling that they are on the rise, another yelling that they are leveling off and dropping.
There is a huge debate about vaccinations and masks that will start a loud discussion if not a fight in almost any group of people.
Fear and fear mongering is everywhere we look, especially if we are looking at our phones.
I am currently reading through Isaiah. The prophet was writing during a time of instability and upheaval. The Assyrian kingdom was out absorbing entire nations, like a snake swallowing a rabbit. Syria and the northern tribes Israel were next in Assyrian aggression.
Fear was rampant. yet God had Isaiah write this:
“The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. Many will stumble and fall, never to rise again. They will be snared and captured.”
Isaiah 8:11-15 – NLT
Whom shall I fear?
God. He is whom I shall fear because he is who will keep me safe.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am vaccinated. I did it because I am at risk. I have underlying health issues. I also did it to keep it from spreading from me. I wear a mask because I don’t want to spread the sickness.
I am vax-ed and masked, not out of fear but out of concern and care for others around me. I am being as wise and as careful as I can during a pandemic. I am doing what I am doing out of love and concern for others.
Whom shall I fear? I will fear God. It is he who will keep me safe.