Faith over Fear, Wisdom over Wackiness
Posted by Brad Quiring on March 13, 2020
Covid-19. One columnist called it a Sci-Fi designation. But this isn’t fiction. It has resulted in an international crisis that is touching us locally.
As followers of Jesus Christ, what should we do? We need to exercise faith in God over our own fears. We also must exercise God’s wisdom over our human wackiness.
What does this look like?
1) Prayer, not panic. Prayer is not a platitude or a “feel-good” thing. It is real, powerful communication with God himself. The fear happening in the world is infecting everyone, so let’s follow the command in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)
God will give us peace if we will fully trust in and pray to him.
Pray for those who are sick. Pray for those who are health care workers. They are on the front line of this. Pray the Lord will protect everyone from this virus. Pray for peace and calm. Pray for businesses who are facing crushing losses.
2) Courage, not cowardice. Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (NKJV)
God is calling us to go forward with life. We are to be strong and courageous as we move forward not because we have our own special powers in and of ourselves. It is because the Lord our God is WITH US. Think on that all the time. God is with us always.
Let’s live life. Let’s continue to be in contact with people.Become informed from reliable sources so you know the facts. Share these facts with your loved ones. All this is to say:
3) Live according to wisdom, not wackiness. With prayer and courage, let’s live in our situation in a proper, productive way. This includes: ·
WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!! Every health official on the planet says the same thing. Nearly every infectious disease can be prevented or drastically slowed through proper hygiene. I’ve spoken with several doctors and nurses who all say that you don’t even need special sanitizer or antibacterial soap – just use soap and water and wash frequently.
Hygiene – keep surfaces in your home clean. Avoid direct contact with surfaces touched by many people. When you touch them, don’t touch your face or your food until you have washed your hands.
Careful social contact – For now, elbow bumps or a wave along with a huge smile may be the way to go as we greet one another. If you are ill, STAY HOME! Seriously. And if someone is uncomfortable with contact with you, be mature about it. Don’t mock them or, worse, become personally offended. Give them respect and dignity. Consider using social media and electronic communications to be in contact with someone. Use these tools in a useful, encouraging manner. Be very careful what you publish on social media. Ask yourself if it will help or hurt the public health situation, will it generate peace and assurance or increase fear and confusion, and most importantly, does it honour or dishonour Jesus Christ? ·
For now, our church is open, but we are seriously considering adjustments to how things are done in order to ensure safety, comfort and peace. We’re looking at streaming our church services over the internet just so people don’t feel like they must be in an uncomfortable space or that they’ll miss something.·
And please…don’t panic buy toilet paper!! Hoarding is a sign of fear and selfishness. It is the opposite of faith, wisdom and God’s love. If you are going to clean out the grocery store, give to those who are not able. God WILL bless you.
God will take care of you. Jesus is our Good Shepherd. Proclaim and live this good news to everyone around.
In Christ’s peace,