FOMO – the Fear of Missing Out is a condition affecting many people today. This is sad because nobody wants to live in fear. On the other hand, there really are people who are missing out hugely due to unbelief. FOMO and Atheism are two completely separate issues and yet the solution to overcoming both is the same. The solution is FAITH. If we can put out trust in God, He will remove all fear and fill us with His joy. Suddenly our lives will be fulfilled in ways we could never have imagined and with this comes a deep sense of contentment.
You may say, “That may work for you, but I don’t believe in God.” I would like to challenge you today to consider for one moment that God could exist. What if He does exist and you are completely missing out on a relationship with Him? I challenge you to pray this very simple prayer…
“God, if You exist please make yourself known to me.”
That’s it! Pray that every day for 30 days and before the month is over I’m sure you will have an answer. It will probably come in some unexpected way, where you see something in your life coming together and you just know there is a Higher power at work to make it happen…
FOMO is exhausting, as is all fear
For those who struggle with FOMO, whether you are a believer, atheist or agnostic there is hope! Yes, this new type of anxiety seems to affect everyone to some degree. And, of course, it’s a growing side effect of social media as users are constantly forced to compare their lives with the supposedly perfect lives of others.
Deep down we know that most social posts aim to show a person’s best side and it’s not often we get to see our friends, colleagues, or acquaintances warts and all. So, it’s easy to start comparing and feel that your life is somehow less or you begin to feel resentful because you think you are being excluded in some way.
For the believer in God, I would say you have no need to fear anything, especially not FOMO. For we know that God causes all things to work together for good for them that love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) So even if you feel you have missed out, He can and will “restore the things the locust has devoured” as the Word of God also promises.
There are those who are obsessed with the social media postings of their peers and are constantly monitoring news feeds to ensure they are not excluded from anything that’s going on. One can understand this new type of anxiety, especially when your life feels unfulfilled in some way. FOMO may cause you to have thoughts about being less than others or even worthless. This can make you feel hopeless or depressed. However, this is based on lies that we tell ourselves.
FOMO is exhausting as is all fear and it robs us of so much. Fear is a phobia and the opposite of faith. it cripples us, paralyses us, and stops us from living a happy fulfilled life. That is not God’s best for us. There I go again talking about God, but I know from personal experience how different my life was before I accepted Jesus as my Saviour and what it is now.
Through my faith journey, the meaning of life has become abundantly clear to me and I never feel I am missing out on anything because I know the plans God has for me. They are for good and not for evil.
Don’t miss out on all God has for you!
I wonder how many atheists have FOMO and yet are missing out on exploring the possibility in their own minds that God may exist. In my opinion, they are truly missing out big time. Because they have no knowledge of the goodness of God. They are unaware that He loves them, is a good, good Father, and has a plan and purpose for their lives.
I encourage people of all faiths and none to consider what they may be missing out, by rejecting Jesus as their Saviour.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life, nobody comes to the Father except by Me.” This is possibly one of the most definitive verses in the Bible. There is no other route to Heaven. Jesus is the only way. There is a vast ravine between sinful man and the holiness of God and Jesus is the bridge. Without Him, we cannot leave our evil deeds behind and become righteous. God cannot look upon sin or allow it to enter Heaven. The only way we can enter God’s Kingdom is through the righteousness Jesus attained for us at the Cross. Once we accept God’s free gift of salvation, when God looks at us, he doesn’t see our sin, it is covered by the Blood of Jesus and all He sees is Jesus’ righteousness.
Jesus also called Himself “the Bread of Life”; “the Light of the World,” and “The Good Shepherd.” These are all colossal statements. Without Him we go spiritually hungry; walk in darkness and are like sheep without a shepherd. Without Him, we are truly missing out!!!
I know many atheists and agnostics, some of which are great people, but for me their lives have an emptiness and many are fearful of what the future may hold. They are what the Bible describes as being “without God and without hope in the world”. (Ephesians 2:12). My answer to that is best conveyed in the words of the song, ‘Because He Lives’. I hope you will be inspired watching the video below from Guy Penrod. “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone, Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living because He lives.”
Without Jesus showing you the way you are most probably on the wrong path; you will certainly have a misunderstanding of the truth and your life may be limited. I would encourage you to at least explore the possibility that God exists and He is the answer to all kinds of phobias and anxieties including FOMO.
We all want our lives to count, to have significance, and feel that we are making a worthwhile contribution to society. “Perfect love casts out fear.” God’s love is the solution to fear in all its forms. Trust in Him and don’t miss out on a life filled with love, joy, and peace.
Also read: How do you fill your God-shaped vacuum?