We should ALWAYS lean on our God. But we are still in this flesh, so anxiety does creep in during times like this.
Brethren, God is not surprised by this global pandemic. He knew that this would happen before the foundations of the earth were laid.
We should be praying without ceasing. When I pray, I pray all day long – talking to God. Remember what He told us about the fancy prayers of the Pharisees! Just talk to Him. He loves when His people come to Him in prayer.
We were warned by Jesus that these type of things would happen:
2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV)
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 King James Version (KJV)
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
2 Thessalonians 1 King James Version (KJV)
“Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Brethren, I feel that during this time of major panic in the world, that there are some unbelievers who may be ready to hear the glorious Gospel of our Lord. Are there people in your family who are scared and panicked? Ask the Lord to open the door to conversation which will lead to the Gospel.
Compared with eternity, the time we spend on earth is minuscule. Share that with anxious family and friends. Speak of the truths of the Gospel – that we are not saved by good works, but only by repentance (agreeing with God that we are sinners in need of a Savior) and trusting in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross; His resurrection from the dead.
We are saved by Jesus and Him alone. I truly believe that there are people who have fallen away, or have wondered about eternal life, who are in a state of mind where they may be open to the Gospel.
If you are able to lead family and friends to Jesus, have them start reading in the Gospel of John.
I think that all of us should read the Psalms of David. There is tremendous comfort in this book of the Bible.
There is a website that many of us should see. It is called Bible.is It is absolutely wonderful. You can choose the version of God’s Word and you can choose “Audio” to listen to God’s Word. You can even choose dramatized or undramatized. Please share this website with others. It is such a source of comfort. And it’s free.
Brethren, I love all of you so very much. When you feel anxiety, just say the name of Jesus. I have done this many times in my life when I felt frightened.
There is no other name like the name of Jesus!
God bless you my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Come Lord Jesus – come soon for us!