BY REV. DR. EMMANUEL NAWEJI - UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, HARRIS AND LAKE PARK
We are in a time of fear, not only in our local communities but globally with the case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The President declared a national emergency as a result of the increasing number of cases of coronavirus in our country.
How can we not fear when things are not getting better with regard to the spread of this virus?
The following lines discuss the one reason why we should not be in fear.
Choose not to fear. The things you fear the most may overcome you (Job 3: 25). Fear starts as a mental perception of a reality that has not occurred yet.
It's the projection of primarily something bad and unpleasant we thing may soon or later happen to us. Even though it is not real, but it can materialize.
Today, science affirms why the Bible encourages us not to fear. Faith in God reassures us that even when we walk through the darkest times, such as the ones we are facing today with the spread of the coronavirus, we should not be afraid because God protects and comforts us (Psalm 23: 4).
Choosing not to fear means taking some action. It implies the following:
• Care for yourself. Pray that God helps you stay healthy. God will surely cover you with God's protection. In addition, make sure you take all precautions necessary to stay healthy. Go to cdc.gov to learn more about how to do it.
• Care for others. If you are not on the medical staff in your community, to care for others is first to do step one (stay healthy). Next, review what you need to do as a way of caring for others by visiting again the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website (cdc.gov).
Whatever you want to do, make sure you act not of fear, but out of:
And why so? Because God is love and wants you to do everything out of God's abundant life we have received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4: 18, NIV).