Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor. (Jeremiah 49: 24)
Fear is the perfect weapon to destruction. Once given the opportunity, fear leaves no stone untouched until it achieves its goal. Where panic emerges, there is fear. And where fear dwells, there is no sense of calmness. Fear gives rise to panic. The entire scenario gets bombarded with disruptive thoughts. Human mind becomes agitated and brain gets confused. Clear thinking then becomes a struggle.
To leave a space for fear entering is to leave a space for unlimited merciless catastrophes. In these three days of terrorist attack in Paris, everyone’s mind is up. People now think twice before walking out of their houses. Mothers insisted that their children switch their mobile phone on to check on them. Some even refused to step away from their homes.
Fear! For with it, there is no time for faith. Countless Christians neglect to turn to God at this moment because they’d let fear dominate their minds. They have failed to pray! Hear them pray, and what they will recite far from anything in the Bible. Can we blame them? Not at all. It takes courage to confront the spirit of fear. Only a real Christian filled with the power of the Holy Spirit is capable of rebuking fear.
Prior, I mentioned that we must be cautious. It appears to be no better period than these present days. Every event surrounding us brings more or less distracting news. Situations left us wondering whether it is best to migrate to a safer country. But we knew on the surface that nowhere seems safe. God’s protective shelter (Psalm 23) is the only safest haven. The book of John 14:27 (AMP) says, “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” Our Lord Jesus Christ does not leave us as orphans. And we ought to remember that we have His peace.
I urge us to take one step backward and remember the promises of God of Psalm 121. Rather than joining others to talk of the issue, let us engage others in assuring them of the love of God that covers us all circumstances. We should deviate from supporting them to spread frightening stories. When they preach hatred, let us preach on God’s compassion and love. We must show our love. Now, people need us more than ever. They want to learn from us the words of assurance of life and not of horror. Why don’t we spend time in prayers for others and ourselves, rather than waiting for humanity’s peace?
I pray that God teaches us to talk of peace and love irrespective of whatever situations we find ourselves in Jesus name, Amen