What is it that you are afraid of today?
Could it be the election results and what changes may take place in the near future?
Perhaps it is the potential of you or a loved one getting sick with Covid-19?
Maybe it is the possibility of losing your job and not being able to pay your basic bills for an extended period of time?
Let me tell you that these concerns are very real and valid, but they shouldn’t be a fear in your life. These fears should not rule you.
One of the definitions of “antidote” is: something that relieves, prevents, or counteracts…
Now I know most of you are already soldiers of Jesus Christ, but if you are experiencing any of these or a different fear in your life today, then here is a good reminder of what the greatest antidote for that is: FAITH. Yes, it is that simple. Faith is the only antidote that will relieve your pain of doubt, that prevents and counteracts your feelings of insecurities and fear, and that will keep your feet firmly planted while the winds blow and the waves crash all around you. Our faith is directed toward One source, One being, One God. He is the One who holds all things, who made all things, who knows all things, which includes your future. He already sees it, He already has prepared a way for you to endure, to face it, to get through it, and to have JOY during it and after it. It is up to you to choose to have the faith in the Lord God to see you through.
“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”
Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
(See also Matthew 8:23-28, Luke 8:22-25)
The antidote/cure/remedy for doubt and fear is faith in the only one who can do anything about it, and that is God. Since He sees, we are seen. Since He hears, we are heard. Since He loves, we are deeply and totally loved. Since He knows, we are fully known. Because of these things, we need not fear what lies ahead, because He has already seen it and prepared the way for us to get through it. He is right there in the thick of it with us, just as Jesus was with the disciples in that boat. He will calm that storm in your life, and ask you, “Why are you so afraid?”
Faith is trust. Faith is total, complete, and without reservation.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
So don’t worry about politics, illnesses, or your job. Do not fear what lies ahead, because all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. He has a plan, and it involves YOU. He didn’t guarantee that it would be smooth sailing ahead, but that He would be with you through it. With Jesus at your side, in the center of your life, and knowing that He has called and chosen YOU, then why fear what He puts before you? Accept it, even embrace it! He has ordained this time to be yours, and with that, He celebrates your victory over those fears!
F – forwarding
A – all
I – issues
T – to
H – heaven
F – forsaking
A – all
I – I
T – trust
H – Him
Lord God, I come before you today, thanking you for being there with me through the storms of life, and even before they come. You know what I will face, and you have promised to be with me and give me the strength to see it through. Please grant me the faith to trust that you have a purpose for me, that you will not forget about me during whatever comes my way, no matter what it may be. If I or a loved one gets sick, then I will thank you for it, knowing that you can heal if that is your will. If I lose my job, then you have something better planned for me. If I lose some freedoms in this country and changes occur that are difficult to accept, then I ask You to give me the courage to face it, to love all people, and find ways to promote the Gospel for your name’s sake.
Jesus, I have faith in You, therefore there is no room for fear in my heart.
Thank you for being my strength, my hope, and my antidote. I will take an extra dose of YOU every day!!
Food for thought:
“Faith is seeing light with your heart when your eyes only see darkness.”
“Where there is hope, there is faith. Where there is faith, miracles happen.”
Fun facts: “The fact is, faith is real, because God is real.” – Kari Wiseman
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Bee clings during winds