The number of Coronavirus cases has topped 100,000 worldwide and the death toll in the United States is increasing every day. In the face of a worldwide pandemic, it’s easy to be anxious.
How can I prevent getting sick?
What if my children come down with it?
How will I make ends meet if I miss work for a couple of weeks?
Why would God do this?
And while we as Christians should be the first ones taking common sense precautions like washing our hands and staying home if we start feeling ill, we know that there is something far greater we can give the world both today and after the Coronavirus is a footnote in history:
Do not panic.
In times of trouble, God has continually asked His people not to worry:
When war was on his doorstep, King Solomon said: “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” (Prov. 24:10)
When the cross was on the horizon, Jesus told His disciples: “Do not worry about your life...Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matt. 6:25-27)
When his life was nearing an end, Paul wrote: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
But why would God tell us not to worry? Because the reality is we don’t need to! We serve a God who defeated sin and death.
The early Church was marked by their radical hospitality to the sick, the dying, the contagious,and the persecuted. They were not anxious about death. They believed that following Christ’s example and loving their neighbors was far more important.
And they knew that if they chose to let worry rule their lives in times of panic that they were showing who their real masters were:
But our real master is Jesus, who answers every doubt with:
“Do not be anxious about...”
“Do not be anxious because...”
“Do not be anxious for...”
Use today as an example to trust in God — pray for the sick around the world, give to those who need it, and wash your hands. And when your friends, family, and co-workers ask you why you don’t seem worried, boldly share the good news about a God who loves you and loves them too.
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