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Panic vs. Peace

It’s been a harrowing week of news, updates, and all manner of info on the coronavirus. The whole world is in panic and fear. Countries are closing borders and shutting down offices and schools. It’s an unprecedented crisis.

In times like these, what do we do as Christians?

The first thing I am doing is looking for a place of safety and protection in the word of God. Today, for the first time, I actually panicked when I heard there were more reported cases in my town. Fear gripped my heart and I felt I needed to find a word to hold on to for my sanity and peace of mind. I cannot imagine what others are going through, especially people who have been infected or have loved ones who are ill.

We are not supposed to panic or be fearful. We know that God is still on His throne and He is totally aware of these events. This is a time to exercise our faith. To look at the facts and hold on to the truth of God’s promises. Psalm 91 is very relevant here. It is a psalm that people have been praying in this season. We hide under the shadow of the Almighty. To that, I will add Psalm 46 which says that God is a refuge for us, a very present help in times of trouble. Because these are troubled times.

My prayer is that the light of God will shine through, to bring illumination to the world, to lift the pall of sickness and bring healing, health, and wholeness to the whole world.

My prayer is that the Church will arise in intercession, to bring divine intervention into these circumstances, to see a speedy turnaround, so that instead of death, there will be life.  2 Chronicle 7: 14 says “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

It is our responsibility to cry out to God, and we know that He will hear us and heal our land, all over the world. These are sober times. May we see the end of it, as we have seen the beginning of it, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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