A spirit of fear seems to have taken hold on many right now as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world. News of the virus is confusing as some compare it to the flu and others insist it is equal to the bubonic plague. People are stocking up as they have done in other situations and stores are seeing products such as hand sanitizer, toilet paper and Lysol fly off the shelves. Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands in order to prevent the spread of disease.
Who do we seek in such situations? How can we insure our family is not affected? Is this yet another sign of the end times? The Bible does say there will be people dying of strange diseases…what do we do? I searched the Bible for answers and here is what I found:
2 Timothy 1: 7 For the Lord hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Psalm 23: 4 I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.
Psalm 27: 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27: 14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 29 3-11 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: The God of glory thundereth: The Lord is upon many waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire. 8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness. 10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King forever. 11 the Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
We must not allow the fear of those around us to interfere with our peace, but calm their fears by sharing God’s truth with them, giving praise to the One who is in control. He reminds us in John 16:33 …In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
The coronavirus has not yet run its course, but we must not blow it out of proportion. Many more have died of the flu and pneumonia than from this virus so far. We must take precautions as recommended, but not let fear be our guide. Let sound minds and common sense prevail and let us lean on Him and expect the help He has promised. As I searched the scriptures for reassurance and the message He wanted me to convey, I was encouraged to sing His praises and rejoice.
Psalm 111: 1 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 112: 1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. Psalm 113: 1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. 3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.
May the spirit of fear be taken from us and God’s wisdom guide us as we stand firm in the faith that the words He said are true: “I will never leave you or forsake you.” God rides on every storm and calms the waters of the restless sea. Blessed be the name of the Lord!