The spread of the corona virus and its impact on society has been like nothing we have seen in our lifetimes. The rapid spread of the virus from its origins in China to what now seems to be every corner of the globe has created a frenzy in the media, a rush to buy certain supplies in our stores, and prompted the closures of many schools and other public buildings. The numbers of people allowed to gather in any one place have been limited and many of our most beloved hobbies and entertainment activities have been suspended or cancelled. Some people seem to be panicky. Others seem blasé about it.
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There is no shortage of people who are offering advice, predictions, and opinions about this crisis, so I will not join them by telling you what I think about any of this. Instead, I will remind you of the things that we know to be true that will help us maintain our perspective in this most unique of situations.
God is with us. Amid the most difficult of situations, God has been here since before time began. He is here now and will be for eternity. We are His creation, living in a world that He designed. His power is greater than any force on earth. He holds an intimate knowledge of everything in existence on a molecular level. His love surrounds us and provides us with the strength, comfort and peace we need for anything COVID-19 or our sinful world could bring us. God’s words to Isaiah serve as a wonderful reminder of this for us:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 40:10 (ESV)
So, as we face this pandemic we can do so without fear, relying fully on our God whose love for us is greater than anything this world could produce to come against us. Be safe and at peace as we care for one another until the day we return back to normalcy…
and for that matter, for the rest of our lives!