Faith Over Fear
Faith is a mysterious gift that God has given His people. Being a person of faith means you have a heart belief in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord, but also a heartfelt trust, reliance, and obedience to that faith as you follow Christ and His Word.
Fear is a gripper holding people, including many Christians, in bondage. Fear will cause rational people to make irrational decisions, simply because they are walking in fear. In the Bible, there are 365 verses that say “do not fear” – one for each day of the year. As Christians, we need to grab hold of this truth. In other words, God is telling His people not to fear, but have faith in Him as we follow His Word.
Faith, on the other hand, is filled with promises of hope. When a Christian chooses to walk in that wonderful gift of faith, it means full surrender to God and trusting Him to take care of you. When God tells us that if we walk daily with Him, no plague (virus) will come near our dwelling, He is asking us to believe and trust that we are safe in Him. While others around us may succumb to whatever plague is near, God takes care of His people when we fully, from our heart, put our trust and obedience in Him.
Psalm 91 (shortened abridged paraphrase) He who lives in that secret place of the Most High lives under the protection of the Almighty. I will declare of the Lord, “The Lord is my refuge - in Him I will trust. He delivers me from all danger even while thousands fall all around me. Nothing comes near me. Because I have made this declaration, God promises me that no evil will come upon me nor will any plague come near my dwelling. For God puts His angels charge over me to keep me wherever I go, even if I slip up from time to time. Because I personally know the Lord, His promise is that whenever I call upon Him, He will answer me. With long life, the Lord's promises is that He will satisfy me and show me the greatness of His salvation.”
A word of caution here. Sometimes faith people get presumptuous and do stupid things, thinking God has their back. While He does take care of us, God does not want us to step outside of the boundaries of His protection, relying on what we want to do or what we think is best. Our wisdom, or the wisdom of man is not what God wants us to trust in, which may or may not be of benefit, but rely on the wisdom that comes only from above. Seeking God's wisdom continuously is all a part of trusting Him. In that, we stay under the protection of God.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
How can we go wrong when we trust God to take care of us as we daily seek His wisdom to live out this wonderful life of faith?