We read in 2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Over the next few weeks we are going to all make decisions about how we are going to live our lives. The ‘stay alert’ message in many ways means that each of us must make wise choices in a whole variety of ways.
• When the schools open am I going to send my children?
• Is it safe to go back to work? Will my work allow me to socially distance?
• Am I OK to meet up in the open air with this person?
• Is this allowed? How do the rules apply in this situation? When is it okay to do that?
We will all have to make decisions based on advice from government, safe practise, wisdom, and good old common sense. But as the passage today reminds us we shouldn’t make it based on fear.
Now, please don’t hear what I’m not saying. I’m not saying as some have that Christians will be protected from Covid-19 and therefore we don’t need to fear. But I do believe that in this scripture it is saying that God has given each one of us a spirit of power, love, and sound mind. We have all we need to be able to listen to God, read the advice and make wise decisions. Decisions that expressed our desire to come under the authority of the government (Romans 13:1) while recognising that He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world.
Wisdom helps us know what to do, when to do it, and how to go about it. We all need wisdom from the Lord. We need wisdom as we lead our homes, deal with co-workers, care for our family and friends and move forward while staying alert. “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.” James 1:5 NIV Let us ask God for this wisdom and he will give generously to us.
God is still on his throne! He is still in control. But the enemy wants us to be driven by fear, but God wants us to be driven by faith. This is a time to be believing God is greater than this virus. Let us respond with faith.
So do not fear is not a free pass to do stupid, unlawful staff. It is a reminder that we have the spirit of power, love, and sound mind therefore we need not fear. We make godly choices each day through him who gives us strength. Let us pray
Lord, we need your help. We do not want to be afraid or doubt – we want to trust you. We want to be a people marked by faith in you even when we cannot see the path ahead. Lord Jesus, hear our prayers. Lord, we cry out to you now.