I have steered away from writing about COVID-19 because everyone was. I am not a physician nor am I an expert on viruses.
But there is a virus spreading faster than COVID-19 that I do know something about. FEAR! I think most of us, if we are honest will admit we have felt fear during this season. Fear of the disease. Fear that our family members may contract it. Fear of going outside. Fear of going into a store to get groceries. Fear of the unknown.
And some of you have lost someone to the virus. There is fear of how to go on without them.
I have a sign in my study that my mother gave to me years ago as I faced uncertain times: “Fear not tomorrow God is already there.” I eventually wrote a book by that title. The message is clear. God is in tomorrow. He is in today.
He has always been. And He knows what is happening. He is in control. Oh! It doesn’t seem like it but He is. Covid-19 did not take Him by surprise.
And He wants us – you and me – to trust Him. Trust Him with our tomorrows. Trust Him for our todays. He will take care of us. Jesus told us, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1) Paul told us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Those are big statements. God wants us to take them seriously – and Him seriously. God is able to fulfill His promises to you and to me. We have to memorize them. We have to make them our own.
King Solomon, considered the wisest man in the world said this “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10) Study the names of God and you will find fear fades. We have a great God. A big God. A loving God. Study Him during this time of uncertainty.
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