Life seems so uncertain at present. I suppose it’s always been that way but there just seem to be so many more things that are outside our control which could have a major effect on us.
The spread of COVID-19, the novel form of Coronavirus, around the world is occupying many people’s thoughts at present. While it was only in China we perhaps were less concerned. It’s over there, thousands of miles away, no need to worry. But now, as I write this, there are three cases in Hertfordshire and, maybe by the time you read this, it will have got even closer. Much more of a concern.
Then, because of the effect the COVID-19 is having on the financial markets, people are also getting concerned about their savings, their pensions and so on. Not only that, but how much of our liberties, that we take so much for granted, will we lose if the government starts to impose restrictions on our lives to try to ‘contain’ the problem.
Mind you, if you live in Worcestershire or in Yorkshire, losses of a different kind may be occupying your mind, particularly if, like one couple, you’ve got flood waters right up to the eaves of your bungalow and have lost not only most of your possessions but possibly your home as well.
Like I said, so much uncertainty, so much to concern us. But, time and time again, Jesus tells his disciples, and us, not to be afraid. When he walked on the water towards his disciples, they thought he was a ghost but he reassured them - ‘Don’t be afraid’. When Peter, James and John were overwhelmed by the vision of the Transfiguration he told them - ‘Don’t be afraid’. These were all things that were
beyond both the control and the understanding of the disciples. No wonder they were afraid, but Jesus calmed their fears. As long as he was there, in control, they had no need to fear.
It’s the same now with us. Whether it’s the fear of catching Coronavirus or the worry of what the weather may do to our home, Jesus is in control. Don’t be afraid. Whether it’s the uncertainty of the outcome of tests you might have been having or the operation you might be facing, Jesus is in control. Don’t be afraid.
There are some books in the Bible that you can just dip into, read a few verses and you feel much better. The book of Proverbs is one of those, so let me quote to you some verses from The Message version of Proverbs 3, verses 21-26.
“Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound.”
So, don’t be afraid, God is in control. He will keep you safe and sound.