Proverbs 11:8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.
2 Samuel 5:20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The LORD did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who breaks through”).
To be able to breakthrough and overcome the tsunami of fear that has captured the hearts of humanity during this world pandemic, will take more than a few mantras of positive thinking. It is going to take our full trust in the Lord God who has given us His spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Tim. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. It will take genuine faith to rise above the overabundant fear that is promoted twenty-four-seven. The good news is that even mustard seed faith in Christ will work, and will be more helpful than all the positive slogans the world can muster up.
Many people are wholeheartedly focused on the viral outbreak, the jobs that will be lost, and the worldwide protests resulting in anxiety – which is caused by the fear of not knowing what the future will bring. These poor frightened people have put the confidence and trust of their future lives into government agencies who have been scrambling for a semblance of order, but, have left many in hopeless despair. The new buzz word for this current depression is called Quarantine Fatigue.
The city of Samaria was under siege by the Syrians causing the citizens to be in thorough lockdown and quarantined so to speak. A great famine was taking place at the same time and had caused the people of Samaria to end up in a state of emaciated despair. The hunger had caused two women to take part in an act of cannibalism. 2 Kings 6:28 Then the king asked her, “What’s the matter? ” She said, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son, and we will eat him today. Then we will eat my son tomorrow.’ 29 “So we boiled my son and ate him, and I said to her the next day, ‘Give up your son, and we will eat him,’ but she has hidden her son.” Talk about quarantine fatigue gone too far. What the people needed was a God-given breakthrough.
The Prophet Elisha was called upon for a word of direction from God. This was the word that came forth. 2 Kings 7:1 Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the LORD! This is what the LORD says: ‘About this time tomorrow at Samaria’s gate, six quarts of fine flour will sell for a half-ounce of silver and twelve quarts of barley will sell for a half-ounce of silver.’ ” As found in 2 Kings 7:16, the story goes on to record that Elisha’s word had come true. In one day, from a long-lasting outbreak of disease, hunger, and deprivation caused by war and famine, the word of God had turned the catastrophe into a breakthrough of plenty for all to eat and rebuild their lives on.
When man tries to fix an overwhelming problem without God or righteous leadership guiding them, the results can be as horrifying as the act of cannibalism. Jud. 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. We can see this same pathetic grappling for answers throughout the world right now. Humanity is feeding on itself and is truly lost for righteous answers. The cracks in the world system are revealing the terrible conditions people’s souls are in and therefore, anything goes.
Where is our focus? Has our focus now turned to the media’s prognostications of a second and third wave of the virus killing everyone in sight? Of course, this is what the self-proclaimed experts are now saying. We have sure sullied the word ‘expert’ and made it of none effect during these last few months of the pandemic. How much more of this fear-based diet will people keep eating before they call upon God for a real breakthrough? Prov. 11:8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.
We cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve fear and God at the same time. We can, however, bring our fears to God so that He may destroy the spirit of fear through our faith in Him. Heb. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. As we keep the Lord Jesus on the throne of our heart we make it difficult for fear to dethrone Him. Fear, virus, and anxiety are only names, and those names must bow their knee to the name of Jesus. Phil. 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We actually have the choice to focus on the viral outbreak, the protests, or put our hope and faith in the holy breakthrough that God has for those who have called upon His name. When we keep our eye on the solution that God has for us, there will be no room for any kind of fatigue to take root in our hearts. When the enemy comes at us with fear and threats of destruction, we can count on the Lord to rise up against the enemy on our behalf. Isa. 59:19b When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Stay strong Saints and focus on our holy breakthrough.