Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a day where we celebrate Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender and the end of World War 2. It marks the end of a period of fear and hardship for many families who had been living under the constant threat of death, and a day of hope, that news of the illness or death of loved ones would finally cease.
Today again, in the middle of a different battle, we hope to hear news that a cure for the Coronavirus has been found, so our lives can go back to normal, as we’re tired of living under the fear of losing loved ones, and hardship for many families who have lost their livelihoods once again.
The fear of pain, or loss, or death is not something you can run away from, but rather something, with God’s help, you can overcome. Living a life afraid of what might happen is not living.
In the first ten verses of the book of Ruth in The Bible, we read a tragic story of a married couple and their two kids whose story starts in a famine. Faced with severe lack and hardship, they make the brave decision to relocate their family in order to find food and shelter somewhere else.
The man’s decision to move his family from everything and everyone they knew and loved was an attempt to run away from what he saw as certain death. An attempt to run away from everything that caused him sleepless nights and made him afraid of losing his livelihood and his family. Unfortunately, when they arrive at their destination, the man dies, and never gets to enjoy the good things he had anticipated.
His running away in fear, and arrival in a different place alone was not enough to sustain him. That’s not to say that if they had stayed, he would have survived, but he defined his life not by the abundance or lack he was experiencing, but by fear.
The body’s response to fear is to produce adrenaline, which helps you to react much quicker, to run faster, and to fight harder than you could have done. All of which are reactions to help us during this time in our lives.
In Matthew 19:26, Jesus reassured us that whatever may seem impossible with men is possible with God. Ask God to help you overcome and turn your fears to your advantage until you have your victory day.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.