The greatest generation faced the much adversity on the way to earning their title. A Great Depression and world wars made tough people. Snowflake is the name given to the younger generation who melt like snow when life doesn't go their way.
The generations that followed the greatest generation haven't seen the same kind of hard times. Tests are too stressful, so they are suspended. Pets are brought on campus to comfort college students. Their candidates lose elections and their grief requires counselors. Panic attacks become a way of life. COVID-19 is now the new enemy and battlefield that will reveal if we are made of the right stuff.
The Coronavirus pandemic has already presented us all with some dramatic changes in our lifestyles. We are having to make hard choices about public worship, public education, and public assemblies. More people are working from home. Many businesses are closed. The seed of fear is planted in the mind that we or our loved ones might catch the virus and die.
Fear of not having enough to eat and enough to pay the bills is growing.
Vince Lombardy the Packer’s Hall of Fame Coach is credited with saying, “Fear makes cowards of us all.” Even before the COVID-19 entered our world, I concluded that our increasingly secular approach to life has left us all more fearful.
The less fear of God, the less we seek Him, the more fears increase. David's life was not easy. As a youth he faced lions and giants and won. He was hunted daily like an animal by King Saul and his army. He knew pestilence and affliction. Yet, David learned to approach life with fear toward God and active trust in Him.
Hear David's invitation: "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" (Ps. 34:4-5).
Seeking the Lord and prayer paves the way to be rescued from "all my fears." There are hundreds of phobias in the world that torment us, not to mention the fear of this present hour. What are some of your greatest fears?
Someone has said, "F E A R has two meanings: "Forget Everything And Run" or "Face Everything And Rise." "The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who fear Him, and He delivereth Him" (Ps. 34:8). Fear God, face everything and rise with God's aide. The choice is yours. Fear your fears or fear God and let Him deliver you from all your fears.
Joe D. Rushing was preaching minister at Main Street Church of Christ for 23 years. He continues on staff as well as serving as a chaplain for Comfort Care Hospice and Northcrest.