Those were great words that helped our country snap out of a downward spiral of hopelessness and begin the journey back to economic recovery of the American Dream. Those words were powerful in 1933 and we need to remember them today they are relevant to our time. They speak to what we are going though now with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis that is accompanying it. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself because it can paralyze our efforts to respond to this crisis as God’s people.
In this fourth week of Lent let us remember that Jesus told his disciples he was leaving them, and their hearts were broken. They had followed Him for three and a half years. He was their whole world. Where would they go? What would happen to them? The future was unknown, and they were afraid.
In John 14:25-27 Jesus said: 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The storms of life are raging in our world like Hurricane Katrina headed for New Orleans, and fear paralyzes us spiritually. Every storm has an eye, a region of calm in the middle of chaos. Jesus is in the eye of the storm and this is where we need to be. Follow Him there and you will find that peace that passes all understanding. Don’t be afraid.
Rev. Smith is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.net and can be reached at 828-962-8196 or email@example.com
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