It’s easy to see that the world is currently running on fear. People are losing their jobs, businesses are failing, and everyone is being told to keep to themselves and practice social distancing. The effects of this fear can be seen in abandoned school buildings, social media posts and the empty shelves at the grocery store. While the world is in a panic… how are we, as Christians, supposed to handle these times?
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” – Hebrews 13:8
The same God that we praise and brag about during the highlights of our life, is the same God today! The same God that freed his people from Egyptian bondage is the same God watching over us today! The same God that loves us enough to send his perfect son to die on the cross for our sins is the same God that loves us today! The same God that said he would never leave us or forsake us is the same God with us today!
“For I am the Lord, I change not…” – Malachi 3:6
“And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
God is still omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. He is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is still taking care of the sparrows so we can trust that he will take care of us. It’s important that we don’t forget who God is!
“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” – Psalm 18:6
Prayer is neglected by too many of God’s people. God desires a relationship with us and a relationship needs communication in order to grow and prosper. We need to find time in our day to turn off the news and social media, and get alone with God. Throughout history, God has desired to help his people. When the Hebrew slaves cried out to God in Egypt, God heard their cry and sent Moses!
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” – John 14:13
We also need to pray for anyone that has been infected with this virus. There are many mixed opinions about COVID-19 but the harsh reality is that people are dying from it. Grand-kids are losing their grand-parents, adults are losing their parents, and many Americans are feeling the financial pressures that this virus has brought. As Christians, the world should be able to look to us as a beacon of hope. Unfortunately, with the way that many Christians are responding on social media (including myself at times), we are pushing people away instead of drawing people to Christ.
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” – Psalm 1:2
Reading the Bible is the other half of our communication with God. Prayer is how we talk with God, but reading the Bible is how God speaks to us. We are surrounded with bad news and negative attitudes, so it’s easy for us to feel discouraged about our situation. We need to find hope and joy in God’s word! There are so many great passages in the Bible that can encourage and uplift our spirits during these times.
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:4
When we get down and discouraged, we become weak spiritually. To strengthen ourselves, we need to make sure we are receiving our spiritual nourishment through the reading of God’s word. When we spend our time watching the news and seeing everyone’s reaction to the virus, it’s easy to respond in a fleshly manner. But if we read the Bible, meditate on it, and pray to God for wisdom, we will be able to respond properly when the time comes. We will no longer be reacting in fear or flesh, but will have God given discernment and peace of mind to live our lives in a way to brings honor and glory to Him.
As God’s people, we need to remain calm and be examples for the world to look at for hope. We should never blend in with the crowd, especially in times like these. The world will panic, there is nothing we can do about that. We need to remember, that without being saved, they don’t have the same benefits that we do as Christians. The world doesn’t pray to God for help, they don’t go to Scripture for guidance, and they don’t have the Comforter dwelling inside them… but we do! We need to make sure that we respond in a way that glorifies God. Let’s be part of the solution, not the problem!
Husband, Father of two beautiful girls, Assistant Pastor at Hillcrest Bible Baptist Church in Arkansas City, KS, Founder of Baptist Manna