To Fear or Be Refined?

With the chaos that has overtaken our world, it is easy to become panicked and anxious. The other day I was browsing Facebook and though most of the posts I was reading were trying to make this heavy situation a bit lighter, I still felt panic trying to come upon me. The same thing happened a few days later when my husband and I were discussing businesses shutting down. So many things have run through my mind and I have to keep reminding myself that God is Jehovah Jireh, God my provider.

I know I’m not the only one that has battled with the spirit of fear recently. I’m also not the only one who has been told to “Fear not.” I’m sure you’ve heard that “Fear not” is written 365 times in the Bible. As one who has not counted each time the phrase is presented, I cannot confirm nor deny that statement. However, I know that God tells us not to fear in more ways than just those two words. It is there in every “I am with you.” In every “Peace be unto you.” It is there in Moses’ voice as he commands Ramses to let God’s people go. There in the quiet confidence of Queen Esther as she approaches Xerxes’ throne. It is there in Holy Spirit, sent to us as a helper. There is a “Fear not” in every promise God has ever given us.

We cannot know how far the chaos will spread, what we will face as the weeks progress, but we do know that God is prepared. He has gone before us and sees the ultimate outcome. He stands next to us, walking this path alongside us. He already knows what we will face and has promised to provide for us.

As the world seems to crumble around us, we can choose to either give in to the fear or we can draw closer to God. Thinking on that, it’s honestly as if we’re being encouraged to give in to fear, to let panic overtake us. We know better than to listen to that voice, the voice of the one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Instead let us listen to the voice of the One Who provides, Who offers peace and safety. The One Who quietly whispers to us, “Fear not for I Am with you.” Instead of letting the fire consume us as it has the world, we can choose to walk through this fire and be refined. And so I ask you, what is your choice? Will you fear or will you be refined?

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