If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us,
His ear open to our prayer – His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable.” John Newton
It’s not surprising those who don’t know Christ are terrified over the spread of COVID-19. The virus is known to be in over 60 countries – resulting in over 3000 deaths. Our governor declared Michigan in a state of emergency. The president spoke to the nation Wednesday night. The virus is 10 times as contagious as the flu and is especially harmful to the elderly or those with a compromised immune system. We need to take precautions – wash our hands, don’t go out if we’re sick, etc. But we as believers must not wring our hands in fear. For Christians this is an opportunity to share hope, courage and truth.
God is never surprised by calamity or tragedy. He is still on his throne, even using calamities, to accomplish his purposes.
Christians must not panic. When times are at their worst, we should be at our best. And we will be when we live in faith knowing this world belongs to our Father, that he has it all under control and in the end, he will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
A Chinese pastor wisely said, “When you’re in an emergency – dial your spiritual 911- Ps 91:1, ‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.’”