There’s a lot of fear in our world today, most of which revolves around money. The U.S. and world economies have taken a downturn. The USA has a new leader, one whose views are very different from those of our former President. Unemployment rates are rising. People are losing their investments and their homes. In response to these changes, I’ve heard some of the following kinds of statements lately:
- “America is on the way to a socialist state!”
- “The banking crisis is the beginning of the collapse of the American economy!”
- “We’re not far from mass chaos and riots in the streets!”
- “Get an unregistered gun before all Hell breaks loose!”
As a follower of Christ and believer in the Word of God, I have a very different perspective on the current world events. Here are some scriptures that instruct God’s children on how to react to fearful situations:
Proverbs 3:25: Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
Psalm 46:1-3: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Psalm 33:13-20: From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth — he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Jeremiah 17:7-8: But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Matthew 10:28-31: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
These passages need no explanation. What they do need is listening ears. Let us hear what God is telling us through His Word, and do it. Are you a child of the living God? Do not be afraid. Do what is right before God. Pray with thanksgiving, because He has promised to take care of you, and He will do it.
Do you want to know the one true, all-powerful God, and have Him as your strength and shield? He protects and provides for His children, and they have nothing to fear. Even when calamity does occur, they can rest in His unfailing love. He gives peace, hope and joy even when the world offers none of these things. If you want to know God, I invite you to read about how you can know the peace of God, which passes all understanding.
Those who fear God need never be afraid.