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We, as of March 2020, are in unprecedented times in our lifetimes.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing all kinds of emotions, from fear to anger to feeling alone, overwhelmed.
How do we deal, in a biblical sense, with situations like this?
First, rest in the assurance that God is in control. He sees the beginning from the end and understands the outcome. God is the God of the past, the God of the present and the God of the future. God holds the future! He is all-powerful, Almighty and He's still on the throne!
This pandemic didn't catch Him by surprise. Trust in Him! Don't allow fear to control you!
Second, spend time in His Word.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."
“And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.”
For Christians worldwide, prayer is one of the most vital prescriptions available and there is no chance of running low on supply. And yet, when Vice President Mike Pence and the national Coronavirus Taskforce he is heading recently started one of their West Wing meetings with prayer, he was openly mocked.
Please pray for our nation's leaders, that they seek God's wisdom and guidance on how to handle this pandemic.
Pray for America and the people around the globe, for the sick and most vulnerable, and that the spread of the disease slows and even stops.
Pray for protection for all healthcare workers and first responders.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP CALM MY FEARS?
Spend some time in serious self-reflection.
Take a look in your heart.
If fear starts to grip you, stop and ask yourself, 'Why am I afraid?
What am I afraid of?
What's driving the fear in my life?'
Read and meditate on the following two passages and contemplate what they mean for you:
“(A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
"Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"
WHAT CAN I DO IN A PHYSICAL SENSE TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?
Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have offered a variety of tips to help keep the virus at bay. Click here
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