Monday, March 23, 2020

Pastor's Ponderings, March 23, 2020

Don’t Be Scared

In the last few months, our world has turned upside down. Hallowed institutions, important organizations, and people seemed to be helpless as the world faces the implacable COVID-19 virus that seems intent on destroying mankind.  No segment of society has escaped its deadly touch and it seems unstoppable in spite of our concerted worldwide efforts.

Many seemed resigned to its power, drowning their sorrow by behavior that totally violates the health guidelines which are designed to slow down its march across the globe.  Yet, the Bible clearly states our responsibility in the face of this mortal enemy.  Since God is strengthening, upholding, and helping us, we are not to be dismayed or to feel consternation and distress (Isaiah 41:10).  If God is for us, who can possibly be against us (Romans 8:31)?  Those who love the Lord can say that He is our refuge and can trust in Him in all things (Psalm 91:2)

Things do look bleak, the news reports cascade over each other in horror and intensity. The odds seem stacked against us, but we can say that greater is He that is in us that that virus that is in the world (1 John 4:4).  We can confidently declare that no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).  Since the Lord is our shepherd, we can go through this valley and know that His rod and staff shall protect and guide us (Psalm 23:4).  We don’t have to be scared; we can trust God.

Isaiah 41:10
New International Version 
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Romans 8:31
New International Version
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Psalm 91:2
New International Version
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

1 John 4:4
New International Version
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Isaiah 54:17
New International Version
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.

Psalm 23:4
Amplified Bible
4 Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.

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