There is no doubt that this pandemic has affected us all. Whether you’ve been affected directly or indirectly, everywhere you go, you’ve either heard someone is hurting because they’ve lost someone , you’ve lost someone, or you’re worried it may reach your family. The truth is, no one is exempt from this virus, even if you’re a Christian. So how does Psalm 91 come into play? “Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” This indeed is God’s protection towards us and you should pray this over your life. We do however, need to keep in mind that the Bible describes that Christians will experience suffering and persecution and we can’t have an unrealistic approach and think that we will never experience sickness or suffering. If we experience suffering of any kind, we must remember that God’s grace will always be sufficient to sustain us through it.
This virus is running rampant in the U.S., some are taking precautions and others are not. We’re divided as a country, not surprising. So what do we do now? We can all do our part to protect ourselves the best we can and care for the most vulnerable. Ultimately, only God knows if He will allow this virus to touch you. We’re not in control, God is and this pandemic is a rude awakening to humble us. Now, this doesn’t mean we have to live in fear, but instead, we can live confidently that God is in control of our lives. Keep in mind that the word of God says that fear is not a spirit the Lord has given us, but instead of power, love, and sound mind. A Bible verse that always eases my fear of catching this virus or anyone near me, is the following, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:28. This verse is pretty straightforward if you ask me, but it helps me understand that if I’m standing right with the Lord and my life belongs to Him, I shouldn’t fear death, because my soul belongs to Christ. I cannot say the same for an unbeliever, and if you don’t know Christ now, I embolden you to give your life to Him, so that you’re confident that if you die, you’ll be with Christ forever.
Conquering fear is possible through the word of God! He reminds us that, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” And no matter the outcome, God is in control and will continue to be. Remember that God’s “perfect love casts out all fear,” and there is nothing that Satan can bring about in your life that God is not aware of or has permitted. So there is no need to be afraid, He will strengthen you in any given circumstance to overcome any situation. God loves you and He will not give you something that you cannot bear. As we navigate this season together, embrace each other with tender love. Be that person that uplifts those around you; take heart because Jesus has overcome the world and death has lost its sting.
God bless you.