Summary: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to create fear in the hearts of many Christians. Where do we go in times like this for strength and courage?
Fear During Pandemic
1 "Keep silence before Me, O coastlands, And let the people renew their strength! Let them come near, then let them speak; Let us come near together for judgment.
2 "Who raised up one from the east? Who in righteousness called him to His feet? Who gave the nations before him, And made him rule over kings? Who gave them as the dust to his sword, As driven stubble to his bow?
3 Who pursued them, and passed safely By the way that he had not gone with his feet?
4 Who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? ' I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.' "
5 The coastlands saw it and feared, The ends of the earth were afraid; They drew near and came.
6 Everyone helped his neighbor, And said to his brother, "Be of good courage!"
7 So the craftsman encouraged the goldsmith; He who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil, Saying, "It is ready for the soldering"; Then he fastened it with pegs, That it might not totter.
8 "But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend.
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
The covid-19 virus has created
a worldwide fear of this deadly virus.
Because many people have died from the virus
it is reasonable to be concerned for our safety,
but should a born again Christian be afraid?
For several months, churches were closed.
Christians were unable to gather with other Christians.
Even the people with a strong faith need encouragement.
The Prophet Isaiah was God’s messenger to Israel.
The people of Israel experienced some very bad times.
In those times,
God gave His people encouragement through Isaiah.
During this current pandemic,
we are somewhat like the Israelites.
We need a message of hope and encouragement.
Point #1. God does not want us to be afraid.
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Those words can also be found in Deuteronomy 31:6-8.
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." 7 Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. 8 And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."
We all experienced times of fear when we were children.
That’s when we relied about our fathers tohelp us.
When my son Jeremy was a little boy
He wouldn’t go to our basement by himself.
He would only go into that dark place if I were with him.
Jesus often said to His disciples, “Fear not.”
During this pandemic and any other time of uncertainty,
God says, “Fear not.”
Point #2. God is always with us.
10 Fear not, for I am with you;…
God promises to be with those who belong to Him.
Jesus says in Matthew 28:20 and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
In Hebrews 13:5 we find these words: He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.".
Isaiah 43:2 says2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
I have been a widower for 3 years now.
I must admit that there are times when I feel alone.
That’s when I lean on God’s promises.
I truly never am alone no matter the circumstances.
Point #3. We should not allow ourselves to be distressed.
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: 10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you…