We are in an unusual and uncomfortable place around the world – fighting together this virus referred to by some as a silent or hidden enemy. Because of the unknown, all of us may find it difficult to avoid higher levels of stress, sleeplessness, and even panic to some degree.
How do Christians handle this kind of a challenge, and what makes us different from others? The Bible speaks often of our hope, and in fact in 1 Peter 3:15 we read:
“But have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and honor him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you...” –1 Peter 3:15, GNT
As we walk through the next few weeks or months and changes come to our freedoms and access to things we usually expect on-demand, we will have to make adjustments in our attitudes and in our actions. Align your response with God’s word and use this time to strengthen and deepen your faith.
- Resist fear: Fear is based on the unknown and things we hear, see, or read. Many times much of this is not accurate or we don’t have the information we need to know the difference. Fear will rise up within you. Resist this! In Ephesians 6 we are reminded that we have the full armor of God that allows us to resist the evil one. Fear never comes from God.
- Remember your faith: Faith is the gift of God to each of us, and the more we trust Him the stronger our faith becomes. When God delivered Israel from terrible slavery in the Old Testament, it was with one miracle after another. When they walked out of the Red Sea and the incredible spectacle of God’s deliverance, it wasn’t long until they were complaining and murmuring about no water and no meat. Instead of asking this powerful God that had delivered them, they desired to go back into the devastating bondage of slavery! Grow your faith. Give God a chance to rise up and show Himself on your behalf. Be strong in the Lord and be of good courage. Read Hebrews 11 and let God boost your faith.
- Rejoice in your Heavenly Father: When we are afraid, there is nothing like a father to turn to. While you may not have an earthly father, Christians have a Heavenly Father who cares deeply for them. He knows exactly what is going on and we trust Him with our very lives. He has gone to prepare a place for us, and everything that happens on this earth is only a stepping stone to eternity, which will have no fear, no tears, no sickness or death. There will be no pandemics. What a great God we serve and worship.
“… Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” –Ephesians 5:18-20, NLT
Please know that the Pastoral Care team and the Ministry and Community Relations team at Liberty HealthShare are praying for you every day and asking God to protect you and walk beside you, giving you an abundance of His peace.
Pastor Wes Humble
Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare