These are trying times.
Here in our part of the world, our government has declared a nationwide community quarantine to curb the increasing number of people affected by COVID-19. We have been locked in our homes for almost a week, and I can feel anxiety creeping up on me. Not just about the current scare of being infected and even the possibility of my loved ones getting the virus, but the aftermath of this whole ordeal. Stocks have been in a freefall and businesses, big and small, are starting to lay off employees just to stay afloat.
I’ve been hearing of a great worldwide recession that’s coming, even bigger than what caused the Great Depression. Analysts from all over are trying to predict the economic pulse of the world after the pandemic. Everyone is looking for stability. Everyone is looking for security. I, for one, am guilty of this.
So what should we do?
Maybe after this sentence, you will hit the back button and look for another article to read. Still, I would like to tell you this – It’s time to anchor our stability and security on God! Yes, I am the kind of person who has built my entire belief system on the One Who created the heavens and the earth. I am a follower of Christ. But, that doesn’t mean that I am well off. In reality, fear is my go-to emotion. I’m not proud of it, but I need to address it. That is the whole point of this whole article.
From the start of the pandemic, fear has been slowly taking hold of my core beliefs. Slowly demolishing the system of beliefs that I have been learning all throughout my life. Biblical precepts were slowly being unloaded because of my unbelief. Fear took away my peace…and that opened a whole new level of internal problems for me. Panic and anger ensued. I was spiraling downwards…and I was risking the peace of my family too. I had to bounce back.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:7
This passage gave me the opportunity to bounce back. God was offering a peace that was beyond comprehension. The kind of peace that will bound my thinking towards Jesus. So, when the writer of Hebrews told us to FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS (Hebrews 12:2), it was under the premise of gaining God’s gift of peace. If it was just up to us, fear will never depart from us. Remember, the spirit of fear is not from God (2 Timothy 1:7). Peace is what God has in store for us.
Now, I don’t know when this will end. I have no clue what will happen next. I’m just taking it one day at a time…because today’s trouble is enough for today! (Matthew 6:34)
This post was originally published at https://blog.teedj.net/feardemic/2020/
Writer’s Bio: TJ Ermitano, also known as TEEDJ, is a full-time follower of Christ. A husband to the lovely Neth and soon to be the father of two! Teedj has actively pursued involvement in various ministries since 2002 that range from teaching, arts, and even music. He is currently serving in a non-profit organization that has been the proponent for Christian education here in the Philippines.