God is our refuge and strength
an ubiquitous help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not be afraid even though the earth gives way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
although its water roars and foams
and the mountains shake with their upswing.
Psalm 46: 1-3
Today’s headlines concern COVID-19, a corona virus that appears to be becoming a pandemic. Many seem panicked, buying what they think are essential supplies, and isolating themselves. My state’s governor has banned many large gatherings to prevent the spread of this virus and has issued an order to stay at home.
But COVID-19 isn’t the only fear that hits the headlines. The catastrophe awaits when Trump is re-elected. Democracy is lost in the US if Sanders is elected. Islamic terrorists are a major threat to world peace and our way of life. Illegal immigrants flood our borders and endanger our national security and economy. And on and on.
Respond to fear
There is no question that the threats to peace and security are great. And we are right to be concerned. But how should we as Christians react? We could wring our hands with our neighbors and stack toilet paper. Or we could follow the advice the psalmist gives us here.
God is our refuge and strength, our omnipresent help in trouble. God is greater than all of the problems we face in this life. We can ask him for help and be sure that he is sure of what is really important. The circumstances in this life will not always be rosy and can cause us great physical harm or even death. But he will bring us through everything and to himself.
So don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid of COVID-19, our next president, Islamic terrorists, illegal aliens, or anything else you see on the news. Instead, trust in God.
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