March 23, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”
Having a fearful heart is part of the human experience. It paralyzes, makes us hesitant, and stifles joy. Fear clouds our days and haunts our nights. While we are never entirely free of fear, we can learn to live with it without being overcome by it.
With the increased connectivity between people in our crowded and busy world, the coronavirus brings fear to all of us. It is subtle in its approach, making us feel uneasy. While it is essential to exercise due caution, it is important not to let fear darken our hearts. Our faith here is our strong ally.
God’s deep love for us in Christ means that God is always present in our lives. We are bold to believe that his love for us can overcome our deepest fears. It is Christ’s “perfect love” that can cast out our deepest fears. Please live in that joyful awareness so that fears live in your shadows instead of controlling your heart. God is in control of all things, even though it might not seem like he is. Thanks be to God!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord, in you, we have life. In you, we have comfort. In you, we have the power to drive out fear of all that is happening in our lives. In you, we know that all things work out for the good of those who love the Lord. Forgive us when we become fearful so that we live the life you want us to live. In Jesus’ name, we pray.