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Hope trumps Fear

James 4:13-15
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

These words ring so true today. We don’t know what is going to happen. A month ago, we were all just living our lives and now our whole world seems turned upside down. I once heard a twist on an old Rudyard Kipling poem that goes “If you can keep your head when all those around you are losing theirs, you clearly don’t understand the situation.”

We are all facing fears right now. It may be a fear of getting sick. It may also be a fear concerning your finances. Those two things may be colliding right now because you are torn between self-quarantining so that you don’t get sick and going to work so that you get paid. You can’t see this virus. You don’t know who has it and who doesn’t. It’s so easy to be fearful and panic. Yet, I have found that fear and panic will cause a person to make horrible decisions. 

It’s so hard to keep your head when all around you are losing theirs, but fear is about tomorrow, not today. As the verse says, “you do not know what tomorrow will bring.” 

So, what do we do?

  • I think the first thing that we need to do is choose hope over fear. This may be a decision that you have to make every day. The antidote for fear is hope.
  • The next thing to do is to make your plan for today. This plan might not last until tomorrow so you might have to make a new plan tomorrow.
  • And finally, remember that God is on the throne and we need to trust in Him. As Jesus said in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Pastor Andy

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