I have seen God do amazing things, and have no doubt that faith works.
Yet the Bible tells us to act.
Obedience is an action.
Prayer is an action.
Charity is an action.
We aren’t supposed to float through life with the expectation that God is going to do everything for us.
Jesus said to act!
Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8.
Faith is action.
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 2:17
God created us to be in fellowship with him, to seek him, and to need him. He did not create us to waste our lives away, but to act. To move. To work.
We are supposed to be creators ourselves, achievers, doers, who always seek, and put God first.
That’s in everything!
But right now, there’s the potential for a pandemic. Covid-19 is spreading.
There’s not a lot most can do to fight a germ, but there are precautions we can take. It’s not lacking faith to wash your hands.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. Proverbs 22:3
The simple see that’s it’s flu season, and don’t wash their hands.
The simple know a new virus is spreading, and still don’t wash their hands.
How many lives would be saved each flu season, if we would all be prudent?
Washing your hands isn’t witchcraft, or some unholy action. In fact, if you have the soap, and clean water to do so, that’s a gift you should thank God for. Because many people across the globe don’t even have that.
And if you are out eating, and the server sneezes, or coughs on your food, or gets money (which is crawling with germs) on it, you are not less of a Christian for saying something to the manager. Just be calm and professional about it. There’s no reason to foolishly put yourself at risk when God reveals a potential danger to you. There’s nothing wrong with kindly raising the bar, so it’s expected out of food handlers, to actually handle the food SAFELY.
It’s up to us to expect that.
It is not unchristian to do our part and make our land safer, so long as we do it with kindness.
With that said, it is unchristian to join in the hysteria…
I believe everyone should have at least two weeks of emergency food and water. I believed that before COVID-19 was reported. Yet when preparing for an emergency, always follow peace.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 1st Timothy 1:7
If you find yourself reacting to the potential pandemic out of fear, you are being attacked by the devil.
You must stop, take a deep breath, and pray.
When we act, we should always act on peace.
Remember, God wants to empower you, not terrify you!
He will lead you on what to do and buy, and when. And in doing so, you will a have a sound mind.
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation: There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Psalm 91:9-10
Put God first.
Read His word.
Wash your hands, kindly say something when you see risks to your health, and the health of those around you.
But most of all, trust God.
Right now, there’s so many voices spewing fear. It’s very easy to fall into that trap. So I am going to end this with Psalm 23 and when you read it, take the time to block out all noise, and read it slowly. Take the moment to pray with gratitude to God. My prayer is that everyone who reads this, will be uplifted with peace.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalm 23
There is great strength found in worship. It’s one of the best ways we can show our love to God. No matter what’s going on in the world, make time to do so, every day.