Coronavirus: Faith Over Fear
COVID-19 has plunged the world into an unprecedented global pandemic and naturally, it’s created a climate of fear and uncertainty. As the number of cases and deaths continue to rise, I want to use this as an opportunity to encourage believers to choose to walk in faith, rather than fear.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” — Psalms 27:1
The truth is fear cripples – it has the power to paralyse us and distract us from moving forward. But if anything, fear is an indication that we need Jesus. When we continue to worry, we limit the power of God and yet, so many of us allow fear to weaken our faith. Since, everything has a purpose, perhaps the coronavirus proves how we are simply not in control, but there is a God who is in control.
“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him, we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” - 2 Corinthians 1:10
The reality is so many of us have more fear of the Coronavirus than a fear of God. Somehow, we think that we can fight this virus without divine intervention and instead of clinging to Jesus in times of crisis, we’re trying to fight these battles on our own. It will be by God's grace that we find a cure. If God is faithful and on our side, why should we fear? Everything works out for His glory.
“A man’s days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set.” - Job 14:5
There’s been a lot speculating about the end times drawing near. Although it is not for me to predict, there’s one thing I know for sure: we should be prepared. In times of crisis, we’re offered an opportunity to truly repent. No matter what you’ve done, it’s never too late to turn to God and seek His forgiveness.
We were never supposed to live in isolation, for we were created for relationship. In this season of self-isolation, God is drawing you into a deeper relationship with Him. God is not confined to simply the walls of a Church, but rather He’s knocking on your hearts and waiting for you to open up for Him. The world has never been so quiet and yet, people are still not truly listening to the whisper of God’s presence in their lives.
Yes, we should be washing our hands regularly and taking the necessary measures to prevent this virus from spreading, but how many of us are turning to God so that He can wash away our sin? It seems like everyone is stockpiling food and yes, we need to eat and feed our flesh, but we also need to continue to feed the soul because as believers we don’t live for the temporal but for the eternal. You might not be able to physically receive communion at Church, but that doesn’t mean you cannot enter into spiritual communion with Christ.
Use this season of isolation and crisis to truly thirst for Jesus, like He did for you on the Cross. For truly fearing God is not holding back from Him, it’s being devoted to Him. As Christians, we’re not called to fear, we’re called to trust.
“Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”- Jeremiah 32:17
Let’s pray for those affected by COVID-19:
- For those suffering from the virus and those grieving the loss of loved ones that they might find comfort and fellowship with Jesus in their suffering.
- For medical professionals dealing with the intense pressures of the crisis that they will continue to show compassion to those in need.
- For our government, to grant them wisdom to support us with the best plan moving forward.
- For anyone feeling lonely and isolated that they will find patience in their waiting and peace in their turmoil.
- Lastly for God’s protection over us all...
“May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name.” - Psalm 79:8–9