Soar on wings like Eagles

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31

What a time we find ourselves in.  A pandemic arises from China that has pretty much shut down the world economies and caused the deaths, as of today, of over One Hundred Sixty Five Thousand people.  Most countries, including the United States, have country-wide shut downs, also called quarantines that prevent people from leaving their homes for any reason other than emergency purposes.  This is causing fear across all sections of the world.  However. I ask the question.  Is this fear warranted for Christians and what should a Christian response look like?

Let’s look at question 1.  Is this fear warranted for a Christian?  The Christians were hated by most of the known world at the time of Christ.  The Jewish leadership hated them because they did not accept Jesus as the Messiah promised throughout their scriptures.  The Roman’s would not accept them because they would not fall in line with their laws.  One that was especially problematic was Rome’s idea that Caesar was to be the supreme ruler of all the people within the boundaries of Rome.  In fact, he was looked upon as somewhat of a god himself.  Any god that was deemed higher or above Caesar was considered as a form of blaspheme. There was also a law that stated all gods worshiped by a city or country conquered and added to Roman territory would be grandfathered in. But new gods would be rejected and outlawed.  This was how Rome saw Christianity and the worship of Jesus and they could not allow Him to be worshiped, especially one considered higher than Caesar himself.  And lastly, the Greeks, as well as the Romans, hated them because Christians considered their gods as false deities, with only the Christian God as the one real God.

Because of this Christians were hated by much of the known world.  If any had a reason for fear, it was the Christians.  However, Jesus declared the following to them.  “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27.  Jesus said they are not to fear whatever should come their way.  He says He gives them peace during difficult times, therefore therefore they should not be fearful of anything.  They could avoid situations that may bring them trouble, but not because of fear, but because of His leading.  Remember, Paul was arrested by Rome and God told him this would happen.  Therefore, he did not fear what they would do to Him, but realize that God was in charge and if He told him to go to Rome where he would be arrested, then he was to trust Him and accept the calling and peace He gives him.

And we should do the same.  God knows the end from the beginning.  There is nothing God cannot do and there is no enemy that can thwart His plans.  We should not fear the coronavirus because God is in control, and if we contract it then God allowed it for a purpose.  And if we do not contract it, then that was for a reason as well.  Also the same for how government responds to the situation.  We must trust God no matter what, and not fear what they could do.  Remember the verse above, “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27b.

So, to the second question, what should a Christian response look like? The predominant response is to be fearless as stated above and trusting God completely.  This seems redundant to the above, but here is the reasons for this response.  If we can live a life that shows people we do not fear anything that comes our way because we trust completely that God has everything under control,  then we will be a witness to them of what God is doing in our lives and desires to to in theirs.  For our Christian brothers and sisters, they will see our faith and be encouraged to trust Him in the same way.  Many times, fear does come to Christians, but we can be an encouragement to them as we help them rid themselves of this fear and rely completely on Him.  And for non-Christians, God can work through you as a witness to the all powerful and all loving God.  The world needs to know that God is real.  And they also need to know that God loves them and wants the best for them.  So, if we show them the reality of God and His love for us, and show them we do not fear anything that comes our way, they may come to know Christ as their savior.  In everything we do, this should be our prime focus.

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  1. I agree with your blog. Our God is greater than any virus. However, walking by faith does not come naturally, and has be be learned. Similar to 'David' learning that God can defeat Lions and bears………15 foot gladiators. How many are willing to put their life on the line for God? Another thing; Covid 19 is a distinct 'birth pang', of the second coming. God is shaking the earth. Yes, corrupted Chinese may have accidentally introduced the virus. Since birth pangs are more frequent and more intense……..what is next!? GRACE & PEACE………Joe

    • Joseph: Just saw you reply. I have been so busy with addressing Pandemic issues, working on True Devotion Ministries, Inc. Also our Church was sold, so we started attending and becoming active in another Church. However, I agree with you that Covid-19 looks like a birth pang. And I really agree with you line, walking by faith does not come naturally, but this is something we need to do more consistently. Times are only going to get more difficult, so we need to totally by faith, so we can be the salt and light Christ wants us to be. Pray eveything is going well with you, and thanks for the comment.

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