I tend not to make the best decisions when I am afraid. I strive to find the easiest way out of my fear, even if that decision will lead to more unrest for my spirit. It’s more of a reaction than a decision. I grab at anything, whether good or bad, to alleviate my discomfort. Have you ever done the same thing? Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re that person who doesn’t allow fear to cloud your judgment. Kudos to you! But for me, and I’m sure many others, reacting out of our fears is the norm. What I really need to do is pray. Pray first. Instead of reacting and making a bad decision, prayer needs to be the first action.
When we are fearful, our decision-making ability gets skewed. We forget that God is watching and waiting for us to turn to Him. But why do we pray as a last resort? Maybe we don’t think God can handle our fears. Maybe we think our fears are to great to be relieved. Maybe we’ve married our fears and don’t want to let them go. That may sound odd, but it happens. We can get so accustomed to being afraid that we think it is part of our emotional makeup. But God did not create us to be afraid. Did you know that the words “fear not” appear 365 times in the Bible? Clearly God has set the mandate to not be afraid.
Fear has gained momentum since we have begun to navigate through the waters of the Corona Virus. People are right to be concerned and we need to be vigilant to do the social distancing and protocols put down by our respective Governments. We need to be safe and smart, but we need not fear. We need to pray. It is only through prayer that we will be able to find rest. Many are reacting out of fear which is leading to bad decisions. People putting themselves and others at risk because they do not think through their decisions. They react.
As believers, we know God is in control and we know that this will end eventually. We can be assured of that. Please do not make a decision based on your fear. Seek God and find out His plan. Read His promises. Cast your cares. I know it’s difficult. I am having the same issues. But I know the one who is in control. So do you. Trust in Him and pray and allow God to comfort and reassure you. Don’t’ make a decision out of a reaction. It will usually be the wrong path. Keep strong in the Lord and make prayer as important as breathing. We’ll get through this. Together.