Overcoming Fear In A Time Of Crisis – Pt 05 – This Will Pass – David Hibbert.
- This Will Not Last
We’re talking about how to overcome fear in a time of crisis. And as I said, What we KNOW is what gets us THROUGH. And so today I want to give us a third reminder, that will cause us to have confidence and courage and calmness.
And the third thing I want to remind us of, is that THIS WILL PASS. This will eventually pass.
The Bible tells us this many different times in many different ways. Remember that this will pass.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV – (1) There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: (2) a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, (3) a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, (4) a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, (5) a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, (6) a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, (7) a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, (8) a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Just as there are seasons in every year, there are also seasons in every person’s life,
there are seasons in families, there are seasons in countries, and there are seasons in the world. And right now, we are in a season of pandemic – but soon, there will be a season of recovery, and growth. This didn’t come to stay – it came to pass – it is not going to last.
But while it is here, none of us is alone. We have God with us, and we have family members and friends, and especially our church family.
For now, we need to do the common-sense things concerning personal hygiene, and social distancing, but remember, it is not going to last.
Every virus comes on a bell curve, and all of these extra precautions right now are trying to flatten the bell curve down, through things such as social distancing, isolation, and quarantine.
- Trials Are To Be Expected.
1 Peter 4:12, NIV – “Dear friends, don’t be surprised or shocked when you go through painful trials and fiery tests in life.”
John 6:33, NIV – “In this world you will have trouble [tribulation]”.
That’s a sure promise of God that I have never seen as a fridge magnet. But in this world we will have trouble, we will have tribulation, we will have painful trials, and we will have fiery tests. It is a promise from God.
- We Live In A Broken World.
So why should we be surprised or shocked? We live in a fallen world. Ever since evil and sin entered the world, sickness entered the world, and now nothing works perfectly.
Everything on this planet is broken. People are broken, the weather is broken, the economy is broken, our plans are broken. Nothing works perfectly in our lives.
Even our body is broken, and it just doesn’t work perfectly. Sin broke everything on earth.
And to add to that, we have rebelled against God. We don’t eat the way God tells us to eat, we don’t act the way God tells us to act, we don’t have the attitudes and emotions that God tells us to have, and we don’t avoid the emotions that God tells us not to have, like guilt, and bitterness, and unforgiveness, and worry, and blame, and jealousy.
If we did life God’s way, there would be a lot less problems in our lives, and on this earth. Look at Isaiah 24, verses 5 and 19.
Isaiah 24:5,19, NLT – (5) “The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted the instructions of God, violated His laws and broken His covenant. Therefore, … (19) the earth has broken up. It has utterly collapsed; it is violently shaken.”
The earth suffers, it has broken up. It has utterly collapsed. It is violently shaken. Why? Because of the sins of the people, because we have twisted the instructions of God, and violated His laws, and broken His covenant.
Nature is groaning – the environment is groaning.
- We Are The Problem!
People say, “Well, why did God allow sin and evil in the first place?” It is because God has given us a free choice. Yes, God could eliminate all sin on earth and all evil on earth very simply, and very quickly. All He has to do it get rid of the problem – and the problem is us!
The plants are not causing evil, the animals are not causing evil. We are the ones that cause evil. We are the ones that are selfish and self-centered, and cause problems in society, and in our environment, and everywhere else.
This is why we are to pray the Lord’s Prayer.
Matthew 6:10, NIV – (10) Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Why are we to pray “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? Because this is not heaven, and His will is not being done on earth.
In heaven, it is a perfect place. There is no sorrow, no sickness, no sadness, no stress. But all of those things are found on earth. Why? Because this is not heaven, and we should not expect heaven on earth, as long as His will is not being done on earth as it is in heaven.
For now, we have the opportunity to pray for heaven to come down to earth, because the more of heaven that is on earth, the more God’s will is going to be done on earth. One day heaven will be completely on earth, but we’re not there yet.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NIV – (17) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (18) So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Our momentary troubles, our temporary troubles. They will not last, but for now, we can use them to achieve an eternal glory.