Day 4: Thursday, April 16th
False Expectations Appearing Real. That is what fear is. Fear stems from a lack of understanding and experience, which often create false or unrealistic expectations. If we are being honest, we often jump to worst case scenarios in these moments and a scary “movie” starts playing in our heads. There is endless talk of Covid-19, or coronavirus and by the sounds of it in the media, the world is ending. But is it really? At least in the way it seems the media makes it out to be? No. Day by day we are learning more about this virus and how to best slow the spread. The more we grow in understanding, the more we can set real expectations based in reality and we can silence the scary “movies” playing in our head.
The first part 1 John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear.” The fear to which is referred to here is about eternal punishment, but the point that is being made is that we have no reason to fear because we have full assurance in God. Why is this significant and how is it relevant amid this Coronavirus pandemic?
Today’s devotional opens by saying, “You are My beloved child.” We are God’s beloved children, and we know that He chose us before the foundation of the world! Later on it mentions that nothing can rob us of our inheritance of unimaginable riches! Our hope and future are rooted in heaven! This is huge! These truths have eternal ramifications and if you are unsure why, I encourage you to study scripture to learn about why.
Assurance in our salvation, through faith in Christ alone is everything. This assurance allows us to rest in the gospel and will take away ALL FEAR in eternity. But only if we have an understanding in what the gospel is and who God is. The way to gain this understanding is to be in God’s word.
Now how does this all relate to Coronavirus? When we know and understand who God is and how big he is, we can see that God is infinitely bigger than this virus and is in control. We can take comfort in keeping our eyes on Him and concentrating on keeping in step with God, instead of anticipating his next move. We can have joy in the midst of a pandemic, with full assurance, that God has plans for an eternal future for us with peace and prosperity.
What has been your biggest fear in the midst of this pandemic?
Why do you think this is?
Read through chapter 1 of the book of Ephesians. Have you ever thought of the implications of being chosen by God before the foundation of the world to be adopted as a son or daughter for all eternity?
The moment you put your faith in Jesus Christ you received the Holy Spirit. How can this truth change the way we approach the current situation with a spirit of Love and Courage and not of fear?
During this time in quarantine, what can you do to grow in your understanding of the gospel and scripture? How can you set yourself up for success to continue growing when life returns to normal?