Archive for March 13, 2020

Today was one of those days. Message after message after message about the Corona Virus. This college is closing, that nursing home is not allowing visitors, meetings and conferences are canceled. I’ve even heard one media professional telling people to avoid public gatherings like going to church. You look at all these reports and it feels like we are just a breath away from the end of time or the Zombie Apocalypse, or whatever doomsday prophecy stirs your fears. Meanwhile I hear medical professionals who say that the media is blowing it all out of proportion. In the midst of it all, who do you believe?

I choose to believe the Truth. Now you might look at this and say, like Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?” So many people are saying so many different things. In the midst of that, how do you find truth? Because I know where to look. John 14:6,”Jesus answered, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is truth personified, I choose to believe Him. About now your head is likely to explode. “What did Jesus say about the Corona virus?” Well… specifically… nothing. But His Word tells me “[I was] not given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self control.” Romans 8 further tells us, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Galatians 4 also adds, “6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” The answer to all of this is actually pretty simple. (all passages NIV)

We serve a God who is bigger than our fears. He reminds us over and over again that we who believe are His children. Jesus Christ has made the way back to the Father, and that is the truth. Am I downplaying Corona? No, but neither and I cowering in fear. The Spirit of almighty God lives inside me. I am a child of God because of what Jesus has done for me. Think about that for just a second. This is your value. You were worth so much to almighty God that He gave His only Son so that He could be with you forever. That’s the truth. This world is a scary place. It seems every couple years the next pandemic comes along, and we have a choice. Will we live in fear, or will we trust in His love and His truth.

I choose to no longer be a slave to fear. Instead I am a child of God. Live in His truth and be free.