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On Coronavirus

By March 13, 2020 No Comments

I do not usually send out such writing multiple times a week. However, as I was prayerfully collecting my thoughts on paper, I was feeling the Spirit’s leading to send this to you.  Never, since the 911 Tragedy, have I sensed in our country such angst, a rapid amount of updated and changing information, as well as decisions affecting our culture. The reactions seem to be ranging from those disinterested to hyper-diligence to outright fear. What ought my response be as a Christian?

I believe the Lord calls us to walk in His wisdom while filled with His peace. We discover these words in James: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). James is addressing believers who lack wisdom in handling trials. Biblical wisdom is a God-given and God-centered discernment regarding the practical issues in life. As we gather information, we need to prayerfully come to God in order to act wisely. The good news is that He promises to give to those who ask.

When we see the world around us in upheaval, how do we gain our footing? Paul gives us some sound advice:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7).

Paul is echoing the teaching of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount (see: Matt 6:25-34) that believers are not to be anxious but are to entrust themselves into the hands of their loving heavenly Father, whose peace will guard them in Christ Jesus. It is the peace of God who guards the believer. Because God is sovereign and in control, Christians can entrust all their difficulties to Him. God rules over all creation, and He is wise and loving in all His ways.

I have to be honest. I do not know what the future hold. But, not to sound trite, I know who holds the future. So, I will take all the information I receive and take it to the Lord in prayer so that by the Spirit’s direction, I can walk in wisdom. I will choose to trust in God, allowing His peace to fill me. I will place myself, my family, and all else in the hands of my loving God in the hope that He will use me to bring His peace and wisdom to the chaos.

A couple hours ago, I attended the monthly Ontario County Health Coalition meeting. I left confident that our church leaders are taking the right precautions.  I also was encouraged by the chairperson’s final words. She said, “Be prepared, not scared!” I think that is a good summary of Scriptural teaching. Use wisdom and be prepared as you walk in God’s peace, and don’t be scared.

It is my joy to be found in Christ with each of you. I ask God to continue to fill each of us with His wisdom and peace. I ask Him to use us to bring His peace and wisdom to the chaos. He is my calm in the storm. I pray He is yours as well. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!

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