by Shirley Brosius
Times are tense. Just listen to the news. Wars, natural disasters, Coronavirus.
Will Covid-19 visit our town? Our family? It may. But I live by the saying printed across the front of my face mask: Faith over Fear.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). Early Christians faced persecution that might have dampened their enthusiasm to spread the gospel. Paul encouraged his protégé Timothy not to be intimidated.
We too might be intimidated by frightening circumstances. We feel helpless against an unseen enemy. But I bolster my faith by remembering the truths of Christianity.
God is on His Throne. I’ve thought much about this as my husband and I navigate the senior years. Can we pray for wellness and expect God to heal us even in life’s final decades? Well, we pray, but we also know we are in God’s hands, experiencing an age and stage He has designed. Therefore, we rest in the assurance that He is in control no matter our age . . . and no matter the world situation.
When Job questioned God about his illness, God never “explained” things. He simply pointed out His Sovereignty over nature (Job 38:8-11 NKJV).
That same God governs nature today, from the most powerful waves to the most potent virus. So I remind myself God is in control. I pray and ask Him to halt the spread of the coronavirus. And I do my part by washing my hands and respecting boundaries.
God is with me. He has promised: “I am with you always, even to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 NKJV). Like the old song says, you’ll never walk alone.
When I am in need, God may touch me through friends who offer assistance, through medical personnel who offer healing, through the wise counsel of others. His Spirit calms me as I look to Him in the night.
God uses all things to the Christian’s good. How might something called a “pandemic” be used for good? Perhaps it makes us more mindful of our blessings or forces us to interact more thoughtfully. Perhaps it brings us to our knees as we seek God’s good for ourselves and our nation.
We like to quote a verse that says God works all things together for the good of Christians. But the following verse reminds us that our greatest good is to be conformed to Christ’s image (Romans 8:29). And there’s nothing like tough times to offer opportunities to act and react more like Jesus.
God has greater things in mind than my personal comfort. I want a quick fix. I want “the answer.” I’d like to be healthy and happy and go my merry way without a care in the world. And perhaps without thinking about God. But facing challenges toughens us, builds our character, and makes us consider what purpose God has in mind for us.
God offers heaven if life on earth becomes unbearable. When I was a girl, I pondered a sign posted on the front of a local home that read: “Prepare to Meet Your God.” I have prepared my heart by embracing Jesus as my Savior, and I hope you have as well.
So I calm my worries by remembering heaven awaits—now or later. Eternal life begins . . . now.
These tenuous times call for discipline and commitment to live by God’s truths. By remembering who we are and Who God is, we slay the giant. We conquer fear with faith.
About the author: An author and speaker from Millersburg, Pennsylvania, Shirley Brosius has written Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories about Women Who Made a Difference and coauthored Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides. She speaks at women’s events throughout the east as a member of Friends of the Heart, three women who share God’s love through messages, skits and song. Shirley has a daughter waiting in heaven, and she enjoys passing on inspirational thoughts and books to two married sons and five grandchildren.
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