On the other hand, people will also deny situations to maintain a sense of peace. A situation might overload someone with anxiety, so the solution is to act like nothing is going on. The denial button is there to get people through terrible circumstances. But instead of choosing one of these options, Christians have another button to push during difficult times.
The Button of Trust. A Christian neither denies or panics. He or she assesses the situation and reacts accordingly. There is no way to see all of the possible outcomes, but a Christian can choose to make the best choices with the information he or she currently has. Christians are part of a long story of God’s people. We have a history of the people of God dealing with various calamities and God being with them. Psalms 22:4 “In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them." The world might be hoarding, stressed, and uncertain about the future, but God has already seen whatever panic is before us and has guided his people through it previously. We need to trust in Him to do it again. He has in the past and will do so in the current age.
The Button of Peace. Our peace is not from denying what is happening around us. We are not like the bird on the branch during a storm, acting like there is no wind. As Christians, we are aware of the surroundings, but we stay calm. Psalms 4:8 “In peace, I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Christians keep their wits about them. Being a calming presence in the face of stress is a gift to this world. It is a light in the darkness.
As Christians, we have a tremendous opportunity to influence the world for good during stressful times. Our tool kit has buttons that the world does not have. Let's push them.