During these uncertain and unsettling times, we find ourselves in the midst of one of the greatest pandemics since the Flu pandemic of 1918. Now, we as a nation are faced with another deadly pandemic which has nearly brought our country to its knees. There are many fears associated with the coronavirus pandemic. We fear getting it and dying of it. We fear that our families and friends will get it. We fear losing our jobs and lifestyles. We fear that this will become another Great Recession or worse. We fear that there will not be a “normal” on the other side, whenever that comes. And many fear facing this disease alone.
Many people, including Christians, find themselves struggling with anxiety that they have never had before, and countless numbers are becoming obsessed with fear and trembling of what tomorrow may bring. Brethren, we need to let go of our fears and anxieties and find comfort in our Lord. Solomon, the wisest man ever to live, wrote in Proverbs 3:5-8. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 (NKJV)
Our shield (Psalm 33:20)
Our strength and power (Psalm 81:1)
Our rock and fortress, (2 Samuel 22:2)
Knowing what our Heavenly Father is to each of us, can help us do as Solomon suggested. “Trust in Him with all our heart”. May we humbly approach His throne as we beseech Him to hold each of us in the very hollow of His hands. May He protect us from the ravages of this virus and may we be victors in Him so that when this pandemic is all over, we will still be His people striving to lead our neighbors and friends to Him.
James, the brother of Jesus, wrote: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 (NKJV)
May we individually and collectively trust in our Lord for keeping us safe and healthy, and may we follow the guidelines we are given by observing social distancing and continuing to – “Shelter in Place”.