|What God Says
There is a lot of information going around right now; some of it is accurate and some is not. Instead of refreshing your newsfeed every 30 seconds to hear what people say about the coronavirus, take a moment to be refreshed by what God says about it.
God is in control. Psalm 46:10 | “Be still, and know that I am God.”
God loves us and promises to help us. Isaiah 41:10 | “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.”
God promises there will be trouble in the world, and he promises to be with us through it. Isaiah 43:1-3 | “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
God promises to use all things for our good. Romans 8:28 | “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 | “Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you.”
God wants to use us to reflect his love to others. Matthew 5:14,16 | “You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and praise their Father in heaven.”
God’s got us, and the whole world, in the palm of his hand. Things are going to be OK. Times of anxiety, worry, stress, and trouble often prove to be the best times to be a light of God’s hope, strength, and promises. Look for opportunities in your life to reflect the light of God’s love out to those around you!
A few great resources for you:
Praying through a Pandemic (from our sister church, Illumine, Seattle)
How Should A Christian Act During a Deadly Epidemic? (By Martin Luther)
Coronavirus: Coming out of the Crowd (a fantastic devotional blog written by Jonathan Bourman of Peace Lutheran in Aiken, originally written March 2nd)
If you do not feel comfortable attending church because of health concerns, please check our church website for worship and devotional resources. Stay connected to God Word. Now is a great time to reinvest in family devotions.