Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forget you. Don’t be afraid and don’t worry.”
So, we all are at a moment in time when our world is facing a crisis. I’m not here to downplay the seriousness of the virus, I’m here to share what has come to my heart over the last few days.
This virus is nothing to joke about because some people really are hurting because of it, but there have been several jokes going around about the excessive panic mode everyone has gone into. More than anything let’s remember to logically get through this crisis. Of course, we should wash our hands, cover our coughs, sneeze into our arms or tissues. This is a logic that should have been instilled in all of us since childhood. So, please just use common sense.
What is on my heart as a Christian and follower of Jesus in not even the virus itself. It’s how we who claim to be Christians are handling it. Let’s start with this thought, ‘You either trust God fully or you don’t trust Him at all, simple as that. Faith over fear!’
We don’t know the end results to this crisis or even how long it will last, but God has asked us to simply trust Him. Be aware, take precautions (not overboard excessive) and know what’s going on around your area. Today I am choosing not to panic, not be worried, and not to stress. Today I am choosing to find peace knowing God, who has promised to fight for me, take care of me, protect me is doing just that. Buying out stores, stocking up in my home won’t change what’s happening, it only brings worry and fear into my home. We have what we need to get by for several days and the stores are still open at this time. Find peace with God at this time. Psalm 29:11, “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
Let us also not forget Jesus’ wonderful words in Matthew 6:25-30. He tells us not to worry. If God takes care of the birds, flowers and grass, how much more will He take care of our needs as His beloved creation and family. Hold onto that promise and keep your faith that God is going to make sure you have all you need. Don’t join in the panic of this world, just keep doing what you’re doing and trust God to do the rest.
Closing the chapter in Matthew 6 verse 34 Jesus adds, “Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow has its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Are you trusting God for today or living in tomorrow?
This thought hits a little closer to the heart. As Christians believing in the Bible we read in Revelation about things what will be happening before Jesus returns. The world’s crisis will be so much bigger than now. If, as Christians, we panic and live in fear over this how will we survive the days before Jesus returns? If we can’t look to Jesus now in faith and trust Him to take care of us, how will be able to then?
The country has taken serious steps in this crisis and I fully believe God’s hands are keeping this virus under control but still allowing it as a wake-up call for everyone. So many people, Christians included, have put God on the back burner. They have lost their first love in Him; they don’t have the reverence they used to. This is God saying, “My word is true, I am faithful, and I am coming to take you home. Time to remember me, time to get back into your Bibles. Time to pray and trust me again. I am coming and I want you with me.”
There’s no fence anymore, there’s God’s side and Satan’s side. Through this crisis I believe God is testing His people and where their hearts are, and God is calling. So many times, the disciples asked for signs of when things were to happen and Jesus showed them through parables and His actions, yet they still missed it. This virus, this crisis, this is a sign of things to come. Don’t be like this world and panic. Put your trust in God and have faith, He is speaking to us today. James 1:12, “When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy. After they have proved their faith, God will reward them with life forever. God promised this to all those who love him.”
Did you know that there are 365 verses in the Bible about not fear and not being afraid. That’s a verse a day to have victory over fear. Here are a few to for today. Today claim Jesus and claim these promises and find peace among the fear. Isaiah 41:10 & 13; Psalm 56:3; Joshua 1:9; Psalm 118:6; Proverbs 29:23; Psalm 27:1.
Be aware, be vigilant in caring for your body and your family and don’t buy into the panic around you. Faith over fear. Keep praying and keep walking with God. This will pass and above all God’s got this!
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