July 23

With all that is going on in the world fear can rise up within us. The two ingredients for fear are “unknowns” and “lack of control” because these two push on our control needs. As we see the events unfold before us on the nightly news regarding politics, COVID, and all the rioting in would easily provoke fear to rise up within us. How do we deal with this?

Jesus said, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.” This is an invitation of all invitation that we could receive in that the living God is inviting us to Himself. A major truth of life is that God is still God when all hell is breaking loose. He is still in control and nothing has surprised Him. None of the riots or the pandemic has taken God off guard. We must stay the course and let our faith push against our fear. Let His truth and His words of invitation comfort our soul. So many times we feel like we have to know the outcome of a thing or else we won’t have peace. Let me remind us that peace is not being able to control all circumstances, but in trusting the One who has control over all circumstances.

So when the voice of fear is louder than our faith be still and recognize the reality that God is still God and has never been shaken or surprised. Let these events of life be interpreted not by your control but His.

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