Very shortly I will receive my second “AZ Jab”, so I write to bid you all a fond farewell.
Just a joke.
However, given the tone of currently surrounding much of public conversation about COVID and the AZ vaccine, for some it may seem a little too close to the bone. If you found it “off colour”, please accept my apologies. Many in our society are afraid.
Fear is a normal human response to the threats posed a fallen world. We are finite individuals with limited resources often facing threats that threaten to overwhelm our frail and feeble resistance. We may feel powerless. This is especially the case for those who have anchored all hope in the present. Many are convinced this is all they have and it is under threat. So they are afraid.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that fear disappears from our life. But being a Christian gives us an incredible “vaccine” against fear – the sovereign power of our loving Heavenly Father.
The Psalmist writes about fear. Notice, it’s not if, but when, he is afraid.
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise —
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me? (Ps. 56.3-4 NIV11)
We have a loving heavenly Father who is the sovereign Lord of history. He is over every minute detail – “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care” (Matt. 10.29 NIV11).
We have Saviour, the Lord Jesus, who “who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1.10 NIV11)
We have the sure hope of the new Creation where there will be “no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things (will have) passed away” (Rev. 21.4 NIV11).
So, let’s put our trust in God, whose promises are sure. What can mere mortals do to us?
Pastor | Trinity Church Brighton
0432 578 460 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Day Off Fridays