Don’t Panic

2 Timothy 1:7, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

April 30, 2019. Another day of tragedy in American history. It seems all too familiar to hear the devastating news that there has been another school shooting. More innocent lives lost, more injured. As parents, grandparents, students, teachers, and citizens, we are obviously all concerned. What is wrong with our county? What is going to happen us? How will keep our kids safe? What are we going to do? Questions like these, plague our thoughts, minds and conversations. We watch as the story unfolds before our eyes on national media and we find ourselves overcome with grief, anxiousness and panic. 

As Christians, it is not wrong to be concerned about the welfare of our nation and our society, but that concern should quickly be translated to prayer on our knees. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” God wants us to pray for our county. It is our duty, our command our privilege. We have the privilege of bringing our nation before the very throne of God. 

We must be careful that we do not allow our concern to turn into panic. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” When Paul penned these word to Timothy, he had some experience with needing God’s peace during difficult times. First, Paul was subject to Nero, the man who used to lite his gardens with burning Christians. Second, Paul had just recently spent some time in prison when he wrote these words to Timothy. Although he knew what unpleasant, scary and unstable circumstances looked like, he still chose to exhort us to put our rest in God. When you start to panic, remember that God has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.

– Pastor Matt