Hmmmm, a lot have been said of this deadly virus that is ravaging West Africa and posing as a major threat to the world. This said disease is highly infectious and deadly, affecting humans and animals such as bats, monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees. Ebola occurs in sporadic outbreak.
Ok, enough of the introduction to Ebola disease let’s get down to the main issue at hand. Having gotten so much information on this Ebola virus, it has increased fear among individuals in Africa and the rest of the World. This fear has made lots of people to do unimaginable things in order to shield themselves from this deadly disease. Some have shut themselves out from the rest of the world, some have taken tons and tons of salt into their system (forgetting that this could lead to death too, as too much salt isn’t good for the body), some have bathed with salt water, eaten lots of bitter kola and the list goes on. All these are manifestations of the word called FEAR.
Fear blinds and puts one in bondage, it shuts out all sense of reasoning making one to loose his peace which paralyzes. That was exactly the case on the 8th of August 2014 when the people of Nigeria woke up to calls, sms, bbm, facebook and whatsapp messages that drinking and bathing with salt water cures Ebola. There was neither a biblical base nor a scientific base for such postulations but so many were led astray, some even lost their lives. The consequences of Fear.
So I ask this question, Is the fear of Ebola disease the beginning of Wisdom? Of course NOT! Not in anyway can the fear of a disease be the beginning of wisdom. Rather it makes one foolish and blinded to Spiritual and Logical reasoning. From the scriptures, God warned us (God’s Children) not to fear and dread what others fear and dread. Rather we should fear and reverence HIM. Cos THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM. The fear of the Lord keeps us focused on Him. When we fear the Lord, we have wisdom to fight all forms of physical/spiritual battles that is presented to us. Rather than running helter skelter looking for information that produces fear which makes one act foolishly, why don’t you sit down and spend time reading and getting to know God in His Word which will produce faith in you. In the book of Proverbs, the ninth chapter verse ten said “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the KNOWLEDGE of the Holy One is UNDERSTANDING” (Emphasis mine). Spend more time with your Creator who is your Source and He’ll always illuminate your eyes, heart and mind as to what steps to take pertaining any issue you have.
Never allow your environment, friends, family put fear in you. Let your focus be on Jesus the Author and the Perfecter of your Faith. If you do not stand firm in your FAITH, you will not stand AT ALL. (Isaiah7:9b NIV). So make up your mind to stand firm in Faith by filling your heart with God’s Word, let it get down to your spirit. Remember Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God(Romans 10:17).
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33) . Halleluyah! Isn’t that comforting? You get to have Peace in Christ not in this world. Cos in this world, it will keep getting worse.
“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.” Jesus said. (John 14:27)
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