The Lord Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear…
In all of the media narrative surrounding all the pandemic news and the racist protests that are taking place just south of our border and trying to take place here, though for what reason I dont know, Canada was a destination on the underground railway – people actually came here to be free) that is actually meant to rattle your cage and shake your sensibilities, there is a refuge that can and should be sought in the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ. As God the Son, He is equal with the God the Father and is also sovereign in all things. When we say “God is in control,” we are referring to that same sovereign God. The Word of God says:
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.2 Timothy 1:7 – the Apostle Paul, on facing his own execution
Whether you believe what is being said or not, there is no reason to lose your mind over what is going on. The Lord Jesus has given us a new nature, and that nature is not characterized by being afraid of our own shadows like the average snowflake. Instead, that new way of being is characterized by power – not our own power, but the power of God to live a changed life (see 1 Cor. 4 here if you want more info). That word “power” is the Greek word dunamis, the word we get our word “dynamite” from. It indicates the miraculous power of God, with some really explosive potential.
That word for “love” is the Greek agape, indicating Gods love, that self-giving, self-sacrificing love that not only characterizes God, but is also meant to characterize us as His people. Let it show through, Christian!
That word “discipline” is rendered from the Greek word sophronismos, a compound word, meaning literally “to save the mind.” It is a call by God to exercise our sound mind in the face of crisis events.
Christian, hold on! Be strong and courageous! Maybe like Ester, we were put here “for such a time as this.” (Est. 4:14f)