I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
by Valerie Carter
Section 3 LM Director
Fear is the dreaded emotion that appears during uncertain times. It is one of the most powerful emotions that we react upon. We have all dealt with different levels of fear at one point or another whether they were from perceived circumstances or actual events. It can be paralyzing, leaving us with a sense of being out of control and with no peace. However, I am thankful that we know the God of peace. He is not only the source of our peace, but He is the giver and maker of it!
Are you turning to the God of peace during these crazy, unpredictable days? We have all observed the chaos, panic, and disorder at the grocery store and on social media. In the midst of it all we can still experience peace because we know the God of peace! Be encouraged by what Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Now more than ever, we need to be a voice of peace to others. We have an opportunity to point them to the One that holds our world.
Matthew 8:24-27 says, “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, "Lord, save us: we perish." And he saith unto them, "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith"? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” When the storm hit, the disciples were afraid, so they awoke Jesus from sleeping. Before Jesus calmed the storm, he addressed the disciples’ fears. He could have calmed the sea right away, but I find it interesting that he went to the disciples first. God cares so much about us that before he does anything else, He comes and checks on us, knowing the storm isn’t the concern, but whether we have peace during it. Storms do not take Jesus by surprise! And, he isn’t surprised by our emotions, but He does want us to be confident in His power and presence. When we are troubled, the Bible says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7).
There can be peace in the panic! So, guard your mind from fearful thoughts; instead, settle in His peace. And, pray peace over your home, community, city and over our nation and world.