Thursday, March 26, 2020

26 Mar 2020 - Overcoming Fear


Today’s devotion is from Luke 18:31-34 about Jesus predicting His death and resurrection, telling His twelve disciples what was going to happen to Him and all these have already been prophesied by the prophets. But yet, the disciples failed to understand what He was talking about. They were so bent on upon the prophecies which spoke of Christ's glory, that they overlooked those which spoke of His sufferings. It was very important to Jesus that He laid these details out to the disciples before they happened, as another reminder to them that this is God with infinite knowledge of things that have not yet happened and yet He has complete control over every situation.

However, mankind often prefers to listen to heart-warming messages always and close their understandings on the sufferings. Now when disaster has hit the world, fear and anxiety overwhelm them. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has become a fearful thing worldwide! It is being unsure of what will happen to human life. People are fearful of being infected by this coronavirus. The fear of death, the fear of losing someone they love, the fear of the unknown, and many more. There are just so many fears!

In today’s reading, in a way, Jesus was telling His disciples that they would meet up with hopeless situations where they would be tempted to give up trusting in the power of God. But do we trust that He has control over every situation? We are sometimes slow to see what God is doing because our expectations prevent us from seeing it.

 Jesus knew every detail that the Father had planned, and what is expected of Him. He came to die as predicted. He came to fulfill every single detail, to give us a hope to face any situation. That was the plan, and it ended in victory. We know that was true as in verse 33 it states that, “On the third day he will rise again.” Because of Jesus’ resurrection, no matter how bad things seem, we always have hope.

            With Christ in us, through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we have the ability to understand the truth because we no longer walk in darkness but as children of the light. With that assurance, we can face the unknown and of what is to come. We can face all our fears through knowing, believing and trusting in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who has already won the victory for us. Amen.