Do you find yourself gripped by crippling anxiety when you watch the news at night?
It’s filled with bloody, violent images of war, or terrorism, or of another mass shooting. The reports are rife with economic woes- the failing economy, joblessness, homelessness, or corrupt public officials being sent to trial or already on their way to jail. And not even the commercials give you any reprieve- one after another, they are selling drugs to the masses cautioning of the endless multitude of diseases you could acquire or already have.
And guess what? It’s all based on fear. That’s an actual sales and marketing tactic- whether real or imagined, fear is used to terrify and motivate the public. News stations use it to sell advertising and grow their media following, and businesses regularly manipulate basic fears to boost their bottom lines.
I’m not saying that the things they talk about don’t or won’t happen to you; in fact, they might! But what we are completely missing in this equation is God.
Who do you think puts those fears in our hearts? It’s the act of our enemy. The devil wants our lives to be robbed of meaning, and happiness and most of all, hope.
He revels in our anxiety- it feeds his evil purpose here on Earth.
So what do we do to combat this onslaught- human and otherworldly, which day by day breaks us down little by little?
We remember that God has given us a powerful tool to overcome it all- it is hope and prayer.
Stay vigilant with your prayer practice. Surround yourself and the ones you love with clouds of positive prayer and most importantly, do not lose HOPE!
We are not made for this world. If it feels strange to you, confusing at times, unjust- that’s because we were never meant for this place. We are only in the foyer of a great house, at the precipice of a glorious kingdom, and if we can remember that God has truly given us a hope and a future, we will pass through the gates and finally be home.
So the next time you see the outside world bent on filling you with fear, attempting to scare you from your true purpose- shut it down. Shut off the TV or the radio, walk away and submit yourself in the kind of prayer that makes our enemy shake with fear. Pray and feel the smile of God shine down upon you and the ones you love.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.