"So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high." 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (TM)
When Paul wrote these words to the believers in Thessalonica, panic was spreading through all of those who were following Jesus. Certain teachers and preachers were claiming that Jesus had come back and, if you were still around, you missed it. Fear and anxiety were wreaking havoc on believers faith and lives. Paul was writing this letter to calm them down.
As I write this entry, stocks are plummeting. Banks are failing. Lawmakers are fighting over what to do. You can’t turn on a radio or television without a talking head proclaiming financial doom and disaster that will ruin our lives and send us into another Great Depression. Reporters seem to be eating it up and spitting it out 24/7. People are in a panic. Fear is spreading like an epidemic.
I have lived through a few rounds of panic in my lifetime. There was the Gas Crisis of the 1970’s. Then there was Black Monday in 1987. Who can forget the Y2K Bug that was going to wipe out all of our computers and throw us back into the Dark Ages? And then there was 9-11 which many said would usher in a new age of never ending terrorism in every American city street.
I believe that bad times may, indeed, come. Disasters and troubles are inevitable in this fallen world. I don’t believe, however, that God wants us to shrink in fear. Panic is not the proper response. Faith, hope and love continue to be the foundation stones on which to build our daily lives, even in times of crisis and uncertainty. "These three remain."
On this foundation we can "stand firm, feet on the ground, head held high."