Words from the Heart for Saturday September 26th, 2020
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
John 14:1 (NIV)
Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled
When it comes to the death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, the comparison between Canada and Australia is shocking. Australia has suffered four deaths per million residents compared to more than 212 per million in Canada. Canadians have watched in horror as the COVID-19 death toll climbed in Canada’s long-term care facilities, now more than 6,000, according to a CBC News tally. In Australia, that number is just 29, according to Australian public health data. Australia had previously developed a plan for such an eventuality.
One of the most common commands in the Bible is to not be afraid. It is obvious that one of the most challenging parts of being human is dealing with fear. We have all faced it at some time. You might be dealing with it right now. The pandemic has caused many people to fear for the future, or their health. In times like this we become so aware of our humanity, and the challenge we have is in living victoriously in these challenging times. Jesus understood this. He had seen the fear in the hearts of those He met and ministered to daily. These were people who believed in God. But they didn’t fully understand just how much He loved them and desired to deliver them from their fear. So, Jesus says to them in John 14:1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” When Jesus was born in a Bethlehem manger, when He moved among the people of Israel, when He touched and healed the needy, He was God with them. And as they trusted Him, they experienced freedom from fear from the first time. Have you?
These have been words from the heart.