We are living in challenging times, witnessing a convergence of events that we've never seen before. It’s understandable to be concerned. It’s practical to be stressed, trying to figure out how we’ll manage this new reality that is upon us. For Christians, now especially is the time to be a light shining in the darkness of this lost and fallen world. We have a reason for the hope that is in us. (1 Peter 3:15) We are to conduct ourselves differently than those who are lost. Why? Because we understand that God is in control. Jesus discussed this very issue in Matthew 6:25-34:
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
This should be a huge encouragement to us, especially with what we are experiencing today. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. There’s so much up in the air right now, and it’s easy to lose hope and become discouraged.
But we, as Christians, must remember that God is sovereign and He *is* in control. So we have nothing to fear.
Obviously, prepare as much as possible. Take care of yourself and your family. Take proper precautions. But above all, trust God.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
The GRN Team
"Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Luke 12:40
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