March 15, 2020

Peace During the Pandemic



"The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace."--Exodus 14:14 (KJV)

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Thanks for reading!
This article is especially for those of us who are struggling with fear and anxiety right now.
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What is a pandemic? It’s a worldwide epidemic, such as the coronavirus. This recently discovered illness is 30 times stronger than the common flu. The virus stays alive on surfaces for 48 hours, instead of 12.

The entire world is panicking and preparing safeguards. Some Italians can’t leave their homes. The National Guard has been called out in New Rochelle, New York. Travel restrictions are, well, more restrictive than ever. U.S. President Trump has declared a national “state of emergency”, which unlocks the resources of the federal government.

Are you anxious? Let’s ask the hundreds of people who line up in grocery stores and big-box chains getting into fights over the last rolls of toilet paper. (Does one customer really need six packages?)

Perhaps we can blame the media, who rely on sensationalism to boost their ratings. In reality, governments and businesses are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of the illness. The death rate isn’t as high as predicted.

The antidote to the fear-mongering press is the peace available through God. In this article, I’ll share scriptures and quotes regarding God’s protection:

"As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him."--Psalm 18:30 (KJV)
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"And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you."--Isaiah 46:4 (KJV)

Quotes from Christianquotes.com

 "Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you fainthearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith."-- Francis Frangipane
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 "A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me."-- Philip Yancey
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"If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer - His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable."--John Newton
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"God's angels often protect his servants from potential enemies."--Billy Graham
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"Did you never run for shelter in a storm, and find fruit which you expected not? Did you never go to God for safeguard, driven by outward storms, and there find unexpected fruit?"--John Owen
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"Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home."

"The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures."--John Newton (the third and fourth verses of the hymn, "Amazing Grace" )

My Conclusion

Humans are similar to helpless lambs, or babies, in God’s eyes. That’s why He loves us and guides us. Our creator doesn’t want us to buy into fear.  Please enjoy this cute video of a dog “protecting” his human baby sister from an “evil” vacuum.



Will you challenge the panic?

2 comments:

  1. There is nothing to fear but panic' itself. The only concern I have had through this entire global panic has been for those who can't get help or food because of the thoughtless, selfish hoarders. You have often stated that worry doesn't solve anything - and you are bang on.

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  2. Carol Graham, thanks for your wonderful input! The stock-market crash of 1929 was started by fear/panic. I wish we would have learned more from history. Unfortunately, panic doesn't always bring out our best characteristics.

    I proabaly say worrying doesn't solve anything so often because I'm still in the process of learning that important truth.

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