THE AREA OF HYSTERIA
As you watch TV you will quickly discover a recurring statement: “In uncertain times … blah blah blah.” I have even used it – and probably still will. It’s the start of a great slogan, but slogans never stop the panic, anxiety, or fear. You cannot just throw out canned messages and expect people to “feel ok” or “just snap out of it” – there has to be an honest conversation about where those things come from.
You have to connect to the right source to set a new course! If you dial in or lock in to the negative news you will wake up everyday wondering: “What day is today?” You will stay in your pajamas all day, eating the Doritos, napping, and getting stuck in your own head. Let me tell you, that is the vast majority of people. I wake up everyday take a shower, shave, and get ready for the opportunities of the day. Yes, they may look different, but if I ain’t ready they probably won’t come my way.
We need to drill down into the Good News – the Word of God. When you are facing fear, anxiety, or overwhelm turn off the news and read the Good News. John 14:27 declares, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” C’mon, that’s Good News. You see, if I find myself in the area of hysteria all the time that’s because I have not placed my life in the hands of God. That does not mean we do not have moments – but you cannot let the moments because days, weeks, months, years. Pull a T-Swift and “Shake it Off.”
You see, it seems as if the messaging is the same across multiple organizations, but the antidote is not. We find the hope in God, while others look to government. We discover our peace in God’s plan, while man are frustrated with their own. We embrace we are not in complete control of our destiny, but we are in control of our decisions!
If we find our strength in our circumstances, then when our circumstances change we feel weak. But the Bible promises, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1). The Lord alone is my salvation and protection, so I do not have to be afraid. The word in Hebrew for tremble literally means to “shake without control.” During this season of COVID19, Stay At Home orders, masks, social distancing, and isolation it could be very easy to “shake without control,” when you are absent of a relationship with Jesus.
You can move out of the area of hysteria into the place of peace when you embrace the fact that God is your fortress! Walk in that confidence.
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your
right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
~ Isaiah 41:13