DO NOT FEAR, THE LORD IS NEAR

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Our world has been turned upside down by this whole corona virus pandemic. Our world will not be the same after this event. We are afraid of our own biology. Whereas before only children were considered petri dishes, now we look at each other as sources of infection. We are cautious to touch. Social distancing is now a common phrase. The effects of this episode will have impacts for years to come long after life gets back to “normal”. Truthfully we know there will be a new normal.

In this time of pandemic, fear and panic have gripped our nation. People are fearful if they will have enough flour, enough milk, enough toilet paper. People have gotten into fights over grocery lists.

Why do we have this fear? We are not afraid of catching a cold. We are not afraid of running out of sugar. We are afraid of something much deeper and darker. The fear which shakes our comfortable world is nothing less than the fear of death. We are afraid that death will stalk our loved ones; maybe even ourselves.

In this time of fear and darkness, we must remember who is the Lord who gives life. This time is also a great opportunity to wake from our spiritual slumber to see the power of God. I encourage you to fight against the depression and fear by leaning into the Living Lord. Rejoice because you know even in this present darkness the light of God is shining. In His Word, in His Church. Look to see that the LORD is near.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4–7).

Even in distressing times as these the LORD is working. I encourage you to look for the goodness and faithfulness of God shining in love and care of others. Each day, even during these days, the mercies of God are new every morning.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9).

While the LORD did not cause this virus, consider:

  • How might God be using this moment to advance the Kingdom?
  • What do you hear the LORD saying to you about your life during this time of distress?
  • How might this time be an opportunity for our church to grow disciples?
  • How do we shepherd and look after one another?

 

“LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” ~ Isaiah 33:2

Pastor Douglas

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