Fear, A Modern Theme
It seems no matter where we turn, we are motivated to be afraid. Fear is an exceedingly difficult way to live. Fear destroys hope and leads to depression and hopelessness. I am sure this feels raw and familiar. 2020 with the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic combined here is the USA with the political cycle has made for epic loneliness and isolation. Many have lost jobs; businesses have closed, and our personal freedoms have been eroded. Many have surrendered to a constant diet of news and sink more deeply into this malaise of fear and hopelessness.
I personally decided in mid-2020 to not watch the news on television nor read it in newspapers or online. I dismissed myself from many social media. The result has been refreshing. My main source of reading material has been the Bible and others who read the bible. My entire perspective changed. I came to a key revelation; God is in charge and He did not fall off His throne when the pandemic struck. I have no fear during this time. I have dealt with our congregation trying to encourage hope and a deeper dependence upon God and His Word the Bible. There are inconveniences for which to contend, but I am living life as normally as possible.
Moses led God’s Chosen People, the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt and on a 40-year teaching symposium in the desert as they moved towards the Promised Land, known to us as Israel today. Moses was not perfect in His labor of love for God and the Hebrew nation. He was not permitted to enter the Promised Land. The teaching symposium was to drill into the Hebrews' obedience to God and His Word. Just like our efforts to believe and trust God and His Word, the Hebrews were difficult students.
God commissioned Moses’ faithful apprentice to assume leadership of the Hebrews as crossed the Jordan River and settled in the Promised Land. God knew the people were difficult to lead and they would encounter many obstacles. God instructed Joshua as follows; “I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead these people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” (Joshua 1.5b-9 The Message)
I pass this assurance on to you. Do not be timid or fearful. Do not fall into discouragement, God will be with you every moment of every day. Read the Bible. Study it talk about it and He will give you peace and confidence.