Coronavirus has almost become the center of our thoughts and life as we brace this oncoming world-wide disaster. However, the virus should not devoid us of our trust in our God.

Even though the situation is grim, we believe that what God gave us is a mind of ​​ peace, not the mind of ​​disaster (Jer. 29:11).

I pray that you, the Gethsemane family, are remaining full of faith and refusing to let all the issues in our world get you down. Whether it’s political controversy, disease, social injustice, or negative occurrences in your personal life, never forget that God is in control. He remains on the throne, and you have no need to fear.

“God’s got this. This problem is not too big. This obstacle is not too high. This situation is not too difficult. The Lord has it all under control. Trust Him. The outcome will be amazing because all signs tell us we are heading home!”

Remember, this Coronavirus epidemic cannot separate us from the love of Jesus Christ either.

Therefore brothers and sisters, I encourage you to be strong, be wise, and relying on the Promises of God.

Yes, I know the coronavirus pandemic is confusing and frightening for hundreds of millions of people. That is not surprising. Many around the world are sick and many others have died. Unless the situation changes dramatically, many more will fall ill and die around the globe.

Resist panic. This is not to say there is no reason to be concerned, or that we should ignore the sound advice of medical professionals and public health experts. But panic and fear are not from God. Calm and hope are. And it is possible to respond to a crisis seriously and deliberately while maintaining an inner sense of calm and hope.

Panic, by confusing and frightening you, pulls you away from the help God wants to give you. It is not coming from God.

“Do not be afraid!,” as Jesus said many times.

What can we do instead?

  1. Make safe and wise decisions for good self-care.
  2. Adhere to guidelines of the CDC and World Health Organization about universal precautions.
  3. Give God highest priority. Hear Him! Obey Him! Worship Him!
  4. Spend more dedicated time in prayer. When you do, remember those sick in nursing homes and hospitals, caregivers, medical professionals, our children and youth, all seniors, especially the elderly, Uber/Lyft drivers, the homeless, our veterans, military personnel, those stuck around our globe away from their homes or families. Certainly, you can take the church directory and just intercede in prayer one for the other.

Sisters and brothers there is so much to pray about. Let’s be intentional about our commitment to faithfulness.

Therefore, I strongly invite you to turn your eyes to the Lord Jesus, and no longer worry and no longer lose heart, but pray in the name of the Lord Jesus and trust God who is able to keep His Word.

Let us pray: Father God,  Worry and fear are not of Your heart. 1 John 4 reminds us that perfect love casts out all fear, and we pray Your perfect love upon the hearts of all those who are burdened with fear of this virus. Lord, we know with no doubt that You are bigger than the threat of anything, especially illnesses. Please comfort those who are living in fear, please free them from the bondage that anxiety creates within. Remind them that You are still on the Throne and that You are still in control. Fully rain down the serenity that comes only from the Prince of Peace. Help those who are living in unease to trust You in this time so that in times to come we may rest assured that You will be faithful to be with us until the end of age. We rest at the Throne of the Almighty such fears and cast them upon You (1 Peter 5:7), for Your burden is Light and Your Yoke is easy (Matthew 11:30), we know You cover us with Your wings (Psalm 91:4).

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Dr. Larry E. Johnson, Pastor