The concern of Coronavirus hasn’t gone away. This week the guidance for “social gatherings” was tightened to give a sense of urgency and responsibility that we need to be careful and mindful of risks, even though more places are open and we can do more…
There was always a concern about a “second spike”. And we can se in the news the number of cases rising. However we also have to acknowledge that hospital admissions and COVID-related deaths are not rising, seemingly. So concern should not give way to panic.
But we are still in uncertain times – maybe not the extremes of April/May – but uncertain nonetheless. It would be easy to be fearful. Even at the best of times, fear is a real problem. Current circumstances won’t help! And yet as believers we are told not to fear.
“Do not be afraid”. “Fear not”. Familiar instructions throughout the bible – it’s a well repeated instruction. That says something about how easily we give in to fear – the fact that God has to repeat himself so many times in his word.
These last couple of weeks as we have thought about dreams and stepping forward now, being active rather than passive, the biggest hindrance is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of getting it wrong, fear of other people’s opinions and/or criticism, fear of looking a fool. We probably all suffer from one of these – or something similar – at least some of the time. It’s challenging to overcome it…
“Perfect love casts out fear” – we don’t always grasp it, but this is the answer. We know that a help when we are fearful is to have people around us who are for us not against us. God is always for us. He is perfect love. Wherever we are – he is with us. Fear is real. But God is real too.
Whatever you are anticipating – good or not so good. Whatever the Autumn is likely to bring – God is always good. He is there. So when fear creeps in, don’t pretend that you aren’t fearful – that’s simply denial. But tell God – admit it to yourself, but speak it out to God. Having him involved will make a real difference.
He is with you. Perfect love casts out fear.