In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “Marion Crane” played by Janet Leigh was stabbed to death in a motel shower. The scene took about three minutes of run time highlighted by screeching music, fast scene changes, and screams from Janet Leigh. Those three minutes made for one of the scariest moments in film for the time. It was reported that Janet Leigh said she would never take a shower again, only baths.
I sometimes think fear as shown in that movie is prevalent in our society now. By listening to the nightly news, I hear much fear, and increasing confusion, and very little trust.
We don’t seem to know from day to day if we are to wear a mask or not wear a mask. Are some social gathering okay for some, but not for others. Will we receive a ticket/warning for going down a grocery store aisle if the arrow on the floor is pointing the opposite directions.
I’m all for being safe and reducing the chances of catching or spreading Covid-19, but I have to admit, I have lost some trust in our government agencies that seem to change their professional positions from week to week.
So as with most things, I choice to look to the Bible for instruction and principles on how to live my life. I wanted to offer five verses on each area of concern.
Fear is defined as 1) (noun) an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. 2) (verb) be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.
Many people live in daily fear of something. It might be their health, or their finances, or their family, or the economy, or any number of things.
These verses reflect what God says about fear. All verses ESV.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
- Deuteronomy 31:6-8 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” 7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. 8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
- Psalms 34:4 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
- Joshua 1:9 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- Psalms 56:3-4 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
You can see from these verses, fear does not come from the Lord; the Lord goes with us as we go through fear; the Lord will deliver us from all of our fears and He is with us wherever we go; and maybe, most important to me, knowing I can put my trust in Him.
Confusion is defined as 1) (noun) lack of understanding: uncertainty 2) (noun) the state of being bewildered or unclear in one’s mind about something.
I have found that confusion can cause one to “freeze” or to stop any forward momentum. It’s one thing to be undecided about whether to have tacos or pizza, but if you are confused about the job you are to have, or things about your health, or things that effect your family, those things take thought and prayer.
These are the five verses about confusion that I choice. All verse ESV.
- James 1:5 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
- Genesis 11:9 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
- John 16:33 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- John 16:13 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
- 1 Corinthians 14:33 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
From these verses, I gleaned these points about confusion: If we don’t know what to do, we can ask God for wisdom and He will give it to us generously; there are times when the Lord will stop something if it does not please Him; while the world can be in tribulation, we can be at peace; the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth; and finally, God is not a God of confusion , but He is the one to provide peace.
Trust is defined as 1) (noun) firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something
There is an intrinsic belief within us that we have to trust in something or someone. Some trust in wealth. Some place their trust in the stars and chance. I choose to trust in the Lord, the creator of Heaven and Earth.
Does the Bible teach we can trust in the God who spoke and the universe happened. Here are five verses to help us. All verses ESV.
- Jeremiah 17:7-8 7“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
- Isaiah 41:10 10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Philippians 4:6-7 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- John 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
- Psalms 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Why can we trust the Lord? When we trust Him, we are established and nourished as a tree planted by water and we will continually bear fruit; We can trust Him because He is more powerful than us and He will help us; We can pray and tell him what is on our hearts and He will guard our hearts and minds; We must believe in Him; Because He is our strength and our shield, I should praise Him and have a thankful heart.
So as the world “tribulates”, a Christian can have peace. We must turn our focus away from ourselves and to Him. The Lord is the one who knows the beginning from the end. He know about us individually, our sins, our fears, our confusion. He know what we need. So, we have three paths that can be taken. Two of those paths lead to uneasiness and unhappiness. One leads to stability and peace. Which path will you take?