My, oh my, how things have changed in the past several weeks. Almost nothing drowns out the latest news about the Coronavirus on the evening news. We are in uncharted territory, as one pastor friend said. This corona thing is all new. I think it brings all of us at least some anxiety of what will come? Where does this end? Who will get sick? How will this affect us financially?
Thousands of years ago God spoke these words to the Israelite people,
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.Isaiah 41:10
Humans have always faced trying times, difficult challenges, uncertainty and even the possibility of death. Somethings in life strike fear in our hearts – that is normal.
It’s good for us to understand why God tells us to not be afraid. It is not because fear is an unreasonable response. Threats such as the Corona virus are a fact of life. We all will have trials. It’s a certainty (John 16:33).
God tells us to fear not because the Lord goes through the trials with us. God is there no matter what we’re facing.
God loves us and is always looking out for our good. God told the Israelites not to fear because no matter how hard things get, they are not too difficult for God. Accept the fact that we will go through difficult times. Isaiah 43:2, tells us to take courage when we face financial challenges, when we bury loved ones, and when we are sick. God’s promise to be with us is sure. In times of loneliness, or suffering or fear, God will be with us.
I saw this prayer once. It is for challenging times.
Father, I bring my fear before you. I know you are almighty. I know you are sovereign. But sometimes I’m still afraid. Father, please keep reminding me of all the wonderful things you have done for me. Remind me of all the times you were with me when life got hard. Thank you, God, for your constant love, even when I have doubts and fears. Thank you for your patience and your tender mercies that are new every morning. And Lord, thank you for your promise to be with me, always. I love you, Lord, and I pray this in your Son’s most Holy and precious name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.