What a few months it’s been, eh? Even putting everything to do with Covid-19 aside, I know people who seem to be going through one thing after another. Everything from finances to health to relationship situations. One thing though that is a commonality between them is fear.
Have you ever been afraid to the point where you’ve been paralyzed? Where that situation or the obstacle or whatever was in front of you becomes the only thing that you could focus on? Fight or flight, adrenaline, the heart rate goes up. Do you know what’s interesting about it? When we feel fear, for the most part, we tend not to be able to focus on anything else. And usually for a good reason.
I was listening to this guy share a story from a time he was out hunting on Kodiak Island, when a grizzle charged him and his friends. He had seconds to react. He didn’t have time to focus on the football game that was happening that weekend or what he was preparing to do the next day. Fear caused him to focus on exactly what was at hand. Now, that’s a healthy fear, one that would cause you to make right decisions like not jumping out in front of a car or not sticking a fork in an electrical outlet. There is wisdom in that fear. However, there is also an unhealthy fear that I wanted to talk about.
Let’s take our very real current situation, Covid-19,. People are taking precautions; for the most part, we’re doing our part. We’re social distancing, the extroverts are off shaking in a corner somewhere, but life is slowly starting to get to a more manageable place. However, there are also those who are fixated, almost in terror of what’s happening right now. Now I don’t want you to get me wrong here, and I’m not saying to not be cautious and follow proper procedures. What I am saying is that when the focus starts to shift from God to fear, we, as believers, set ourselves up for disaster.
There was a man in the bible, King David, one day he famously killed a giant, if you read the story, it’s quite amazing to recognize the pattern with which David talks. Even as he is confronting the giant, he declares, I will kill you. I will cut off your head and feed your flesh to the birds. He’s focused, he’s determined to see the victory for both Isreal and God, most importantly he ends up doing just that. Then years later we find a different David, a man who is still after God’s heart, but a man who takes his eyes off of the prize. 2 Samuel 11 “In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.” The story goes on, and David ends up committing adultery, murder, which leads to rape and unrest in his family, and I’m sure a lot more than the bible does not mention.
What can we learn from these two different stories about the same guy? What we focus on, what we choose to focus on matters. It will end up determining outcomes. As I mentioned before, fear demands attention, so if we walk around in fear always focusing on the negative and what might happen and all the negative possibilities and outcomes, where do you think that road will lead? It’ll lead to a lack of peace, a loss of purpose, and feeling disconnected.
Let me encourage you, in a time where so many different things are trying to rip your focus from you. Focus on God and what He has called you to do, bring your concerns to Him daily even hourly because He cares for you, and has a good plan for your good future. I’ll leave you with 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”