We are living in a time of fear, driven by a pandemic which is greater than any struggle most people alive today have faced, but the Bible assures us of a hopeful future ahead… Here’s how to ignore fear and embrace hope.
It’s hard not to be fearful in modern society. We have a massive amount of information coming at us at nanosecond speed. All these various bits of information are competing for our attention.
One thing that is utilized to make these messages stand out amongst the crowd is by playing on our fears. Some of these messages contain things we genuinely should be concerned about, while others try to manipulate us by inciting fear.
The media wants us to read their stories in order for them to make a profit. One way they stack the odds in their favor is by applying psychology to their headlines to make us stop and take notice. Most of the time, these articles use hyperbole to trigger our emotions, inciting fear where it is unnecessary.
Advertisers use the same tactics. One oft-used technique that’s employed is called “the fear of missing out.”
The public at large has become so indoctrinated in this atmosphere of dread that they contribute, too, by way of social media. Amid all this, there is also fake news spinning paranoia and conspiracy theories to further amplify fear.
The amassing of all these fear-inducing messages ultimately conglomerate together and have a devastating impact on our mental well-being. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how to turn it around…
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
–2 Timothy 1:7
Ignoring and defeating fear requires faith. Faith is an invisible confidence. The Bible says:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
– Hebrews 11:1
We do many things in life based on faith. As infants, we take our first steps. As young adults, we venture out into the world on our own, seeking to be self-sufficient.
God asks that we have faith in him. He has faith in us. God promises that if we believe with all our heart and mind, he will always be there for us. God promises:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
– Jeremiah 29:11
The first step toward defeating and eliminating fear is a change of thinking. You have to push fearful thoughts out of your mind. You do that by replacing them with faith and thoughts of hope. Such thoughts can help insulate you against the constant fear-mongering messages we are bombarded with on a daily basis.
One way of doing this is by reading the abundance of hopeful scriptures found in the Bible. Like nutrition for the brain, these words of wisdom will feed you hope, replacing the negative and fearful thoughts that may be presently filling your mind.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
The words of Jesus in the New Testament are filled with love and hope.
The Bible’s hopeful messages can fill you with the Holy Spirit, strengthening your faith, confidence and resolve.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”