It is so easy to drift into fear mode. It could be the China Virus panic or the Election chaos but we have a tendency to succumb to fear.
Intellectually I have no problem. I accept that there is a virus but nothing I have seen makes me think it is any worse than the normal range of annual sickness. What do I do in flu season? Wash my hands, don’t visit people who are sick and get plenty of rest. What do I do about the China Virus? Samo-samo. The recent experience of President Trump just reinforces that understanding. And yet, emotionally the fear tactic keeps getting a foothold. Just like my experience in talking with someone who is clever is deviant theology, I need to keep going back to what I know to be true and grab hold again.
Politically it is the same. I listen to all the conspiracy theories. I try to get an intelligent answer from a Democrat. I hear the rumors. I know they are going to cheat and violence is just a standard tactic. I sometimes allow the fear tactic to get a foothold. Then I have to remember how many people seem to understand and force myself to act like God is in control. Does that mean Trump will be reelected? No. I can’t know the mind of God as He works in the politics of man. What it does is remind me of the promises and those promises include providence in the time of trial as much as the time of celebration.
So, fear not if you have a genuine faith in God. If you don’t then hope that the ones that do have a strong enough faith to carry the country through. Remember that if Abraham could have found ten righteous men in Sodom then the fire would not have fallen.
(Gen 18:32 KJV) And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.So look around you and count. We don’t have the same promise of ten but God still has some people.
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