The novel coronavirus has dominated the news headlines for weeks. As the number of reported cases grows in the United States, so does panic and fear.

In situations like this, it’s easy to lose faith and live in fear of the unknown.  However, as Christians, we can have peace even in the midst of a widespread panic. We are able to rest in the truth of the Word. Trusting in the Savior can put our worries at ease. Our God is a loving God – He not only knows our fears, He cares about them.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” –  1 Peter 5:7.

“Hoping” for the best has seemingly become the norm nationwide. But it’s where that hope stems from that makes all the difference.

Hope is often viewed by what we see or hear. Scripture tell us, however, that hope is a strong and confident expectation. Hope has rewards and blessings – peace and protection among them. Troublesome situations will always exist, yes, but as followers of God, we can have peace knowing our future is safely in His hands. Are you trusting Him?

The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”  – Psalm 20:7.

I’m not saying don’t take the coronavirus seriously. It’s okay to be concerned and wise to protect yourself against the outbreak. What I am saying, is that God is our foundation, our salvation. We must look to Him, not the daily news or our social media feed for support. As someone who struggled with fear for years, I can tell you, worrying never added one ounce of good in my life. I reflect back and think about the amount of time and energy wasted worrying, when I could have been using it to pray.  If you find yourself fearful about anything today, invest in prayer.  Fear equates to panic; prayer results in peace.

God does not want us to worry. He wants us to exhibit faith and come expecting. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

Pastor Keith reminds us regularly, that we live in a fallen world run by the enemy. The coronavirus is just one of the many threats of this world that are all too real. But we are not alone – we have the Father by our side. In Him, we can find all we need to face any threat, and rest confidently that He is and will forever be faithful.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33.