In light of the current “chaos” being caused by both the known and unknown facets of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), here is day twelve of the daily devotions from the prayer-based devotional I wrote to be used within disaster relief situations. I believe many of the same lessons we need to learn when dealing with recovery from a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake can be helpful as we get through, and recover from, the current levels of chaos we are experiencing.
Here is day twelve with an important reminder to let go of the fear that keeps you from fully trusting God.
Let Go Of Fear
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18 (NIV)
Let Go Of Fear
What has been the most frightening part of the current chaos you are in? Why? Are there things that can be done to take care of the cause of the fear? What? How does fear influence your recovery efforts? Is letting go of fear the same as eliminating it? Explain. What would it take for you to let go of fear today so that you can live with hope in the midst of your chaos?
Many times when something bad happens in our life we find ourselves just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Our response to disaster and chaos is often a fear that something else, something much worse, is just around the corner. While there may or may not be something worse coming, we must learn to let go of fear in order to accurately handle the current chaos we are dealing with. In many ways, fear and worry are twins which try to rob us of the value of today by making our thoughts dwell on the “what ifs” of tomorrow. While there is a healthy fear which keeps us from doing things that would harm us, it is the unhealthy, paralyzing fear that we must let go of in order to find hope in the midst of our chaos. We must face each moment, and whatever it brings, with an absence of the fear that wants to make us stop moving forward. The only real way to let go of fear is to turn to God in a greater trust for each moment. And yes, that sounds a lot simpler than it is. Replacing fear with trust is a difficult process that can only be done one step at a time. When you do learn to take those steps, you will find that letting go of fear opens up a window of hope in the midst of whatever chaos you face.
As you pray, ask God to help you identify the different fears you have in the midst of your current situation. Pray that you would have wisdom to know which fears are helping to protect you and which fears are holding you back from what you need to do. Pray for that you would learn to trust God enough to let go of your fears that are stealing your hope.