Should Christians Be Afraid in Times Like These?

Fear afraid

Turn on any news outlet and chances are within the first few minutes you’ll be presented with something that is intended to scare you into believing or acting a certain way.

This is especially true in uncertain times like ours when viruses and illnesses like Coronavirus (COVID-19) overwhelm our broadcasts, conversations, and, ultimately, our minds and hearts. 

What started off as a regional problem in mainland China has now become a global pandemic, affecting people of all nationalities, ethnicities, beliefs, and age in just a matter of two short months. As Coronavirus has spread globally and government officials have increasingly become involved, fear and worry have also greatly increased.

But what does all of this mean for Christians? 

Should we respond with fear and worry, as well? Are we supposed to make decisions in haste or without consideration of others?

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

There are two main points we want to draw from this scripture…

The first is that God has not given us (those who have believed in Jesus) a spirit of fear. In other words:

Fear is not of God and does not come from God!

The second point is that God has given us a sound mind. A sound mind is one that employs and applies wisdom to every circumstance and situation. This is a gift that God has given to each of His children.

3 BENEFITS OF A SOUND MIND

  1. A Sound Mind recognizes that using wisdom means following the steps and best practices as outlined by our local and national officials. These officials and professionals have been placed in their positions for our care, and it’s important in times of uncertainty that we unite together and take the necessary steps to care for ourselves, our neighbors, and one another.
  2. A Sound Mind also recognizes and trusts in the sovereignty of God. That is, we know that the spread of Coronavirus has not caught God off guard or by surprise. Romans 8:28 reminds us that even the worst circumstances will be redeemed for our good and God’s glory.
  3. A Sound Mind experiences peace even when things don’t go as planned. The truth is we don’t know exactly what to expect in the coming days, weeks, and months. Plans are being changed and updated on a daily, and even momentary, basis. Lives and livelihoods are affected and upended. But in the midst of all this, a person with a Sound Mind can experience peace because their peace is found in the security of Jesus and not in the uncertainty of an ever-evolving crisis.

At Faithbox, we believe Christians can, and should, be at the forefront of living with sound minds. It’s not just who God has called us to be, but it’s who He has empowered us to be when He bestowed His Holy Spirit upon us.

So let’s walk forward together not in fear, but in power, love, and a sound mind. Remember:

We’re all in this together!

For more resources or help moving forward with a sound mind, check out our Faithbox on Fear, Resilience, or Harmony. Alternatively, you can also purchase our Everyday Faith Devotionals on Fear, Anxiety, Joy or Harmony.

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*For more information about Coronavirus/COVID-19 and how to remain safe and healthy, please visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention website.

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