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“For God has not given us a spirt of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Tim 1:7
As I walked through the local grocery store I was dumbfounded. People were scrambling to grab whatever they could. As far as I can tell, canned goods and toilet paper have been sold out in my city for over a week.
Uncertainty has bred a fear that is gripping the country. Normally steadfast people are terrified. People are wondering if this is the beginning of the end.
As Christians we know the answer. The end has been coming, and is getting very near, but this isn’t it. Other than the rapidly converging signs such as increasing earthquakes, increasing pestilences, and the rebirth of the nation of Israel in a day (1948) this “pestilence” is not on the prophetic timeline in the bible. Even though I do believe we are near the end, other events will occur first before the seals are broken and judgments are poured out on the earth. When the earth enters the tribulation period, there will be little doubt. For reference, check out Revelation 6.
This is a time of warning from God, a wakeup call for the world. Few would have expected this situation to develop so quickly, it will not be forgotten easily after it’s over.
This is a time for Christians to be of sound mind. We know Who (not the World Health Organization…) is in control and we have Him, the Creator of the Universe and everything in it, looking over and protecting us. That doesn’t mean we won’t be affected, it means “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 As God has told us, there is absolutely nothing to fear. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31. We don’t need to fear, our Father has us in His hands. We completely and utterly trust Him.
Instead, what we must do is be there (not necessarily physically, but spiritually) for the scared and hurting. There are friends and loved ones who will be affected. What better opportunity to demonstrate the character of Jesus and our trust in Him. By our testimony we demonstrate that instead of a spirit of fear we have His power and are here to love and support.