The current coronavirus pandemic is certainly cause for concern and practical steps to slow the spread and protect the most vulnerable in society are under say. Of course, this situation has caused a great deal of fear in our nation. However, I submit to you we must face the future with faith instead of fear.
Facing the future with faith instead of fear does not mean we throw caution to the wind and proceed to live recklessly. Thoughtful concern for others by maintaining good hand hygiene, at times wearing a mask, and paying attention to the formation of small groups in confined areas makes sense while we work our way through this problem. Proceeding to protect the most vulnerable from unnecessary exposure to potential carriers makes sense as well.
However, unnecessary fear ends up paralyzing society and creating a host of other problems as bad or worse than the pandemic. Consequently, we must move about to work, carry on essential services, and get the economy going again. We can do so with full confidence the Lord will help and protect us. Remember, most individuals can deal with this virus. It is not life threatening to most individuals (including many who are older).
Thankfully, the nation has fought back the horrible possibility of overrunning our national health care system. Now that we can fight this battle with sufficient resources in our hospitals, we must move forward. The only real enemy now becomes fear itself.
Our Lord certainly encourages us to have faith in God. In fact, this must be our response to the whole of life (pandemic or no pandemic). Life throws many trials our way and the proper response is always faith in our heavenly Father. As the Psalmist so aptly puts it, “what time I am afraid I will trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3).
Indeed, we will trust in the Lord and exercise faith in him. Consider these powerful words from Jesus as recorded in the gospel of Mark and let them build your response to problems as they come:
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:22-24).
Our Lord expects us to face the future with great confidence in him. He says, “Have faith in God.” While there are obstacles in life, faith in God moves mountains! We can choose to face the future with faith instead of fear as we engage our battles with prayer. The coronavirus is one of those battles.
My word of exhortation to you today is simply: have faith in God! Pray over your needs and cast your cares at his feet. Remember, what things soever ye desire when you pray, believe you receive them, and you shall have them. Amen!