April 16, 2020
We are all having to deal with the Coronavirus. Most of the people in the World, at least in the U.S. are sequestered and dealing with this COVID – 19. Sometimes I call it The Plague. This thing came into prominence as far as our country, about 7 weeks ago, the middle of March. Our country has pretty much been on lockdown for the past 2 weeks. We are all homebound. People that do go out have masks and gloves on. I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime. The worldwide deaths and in our country are beginning to slow down and the hospitials are not as full. There is still a lot of fear, stress, and uncertainty.
I pray that this post will uplift and encourage you to stay close to the Lord. I will offer many scriptures at the end. These scriptures have strengthened and comforted me throughout the years and definitely apply right now.
There is a lot of emotional and financial stress right now with job layoffs, disruption, confinement, and isolation. This doesn’t mean that all the problems we had before Coronavirus stopped, whatever they were, whether they were emotional, fiancial, or relational. They have been magnified by this invisible enemy. So, we are doing the social distancing. Some of you many even know someone who has the virus. What do we do as believers and followers of Jesus Christ?
This is what we do:
We are in a war here against and “invisible enemy”, we are in a battle, and the Lord is watching us, the world is watching us, and this is an opportunity even though it is an incredibly stressful time.
We are to trust God no matter what. He really is in Control. This is not just a cliche’ or a worn out saying. He knows, He sees, this is not a suprise to Him, and so it will be used to His glory. He uses every tragedy, because He cannot be defeated, we know that.
We do not succumb to fear.
We take the necessary precautions. Follow the Rules.
We trust Father God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, the originator of our souls, our Glorious Creator. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We also trust His Son, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Our Savior and Redeemer.
We use this time to draw closer to God and to others with the Word, our lives, as the world looks on at us.
Here is some encouragement for us, for believers during these perlious times. There is nothing more powerful in times like this than His Word.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge; and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
31 If God is for us, who can be against us?
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who love us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither height, nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Take the precautions, huddle up with family, do the social distancing, and all that, but believe that God is in Control. This pandemic will pass and there will be more tribulations and trials in this world to come. But remember “If God is for us who can be against us.” The who can be against us means any and everything.
God Bless and Protect you!
Comfort and Strength During These Times
Scriptures in Dealing with the Coronavirus as Believers and Followers of Jesus Christ
1 Chronicles 16:11
2 Chronicles 20:20
1 Corinthians 1:9
2 Corinthians 4:8
2 Corinthians 5:7
2 Corinthians 12:9
2 Timothy 1:7
1 Peter 4:7
1 Peter 5:7
1 Peter 5:10
2 Peter 1:3