Overcoming Fear In A Time Of Crisis – Pt 02 – Trust In The Midst Of The Valley – David Hibbert.
- We Need To Trust God
Hello again. Let’s look at Psalm 23 as a starting place, in how to Overcome Fear In A Time Of Crisis.
Psalm 23:1, NIV – (1) The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
In other words, God is letting us know that if we will make Him our Shepherd – if we will trust Him, God will take care of all our needs. Yes, God does provide through employment, social assistance, and other methods, but God is the ultimate source of our needs, if we will trust Him.
- We Trust God In The Valley
Psalm 23:4, NIV – (4) “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. ….”
“God, You are with me, and so I don’t need to fear any evil, including the evil nature of this virus.” I heard someone yesterday say, “God is so good as turning everything for the good, that we are tempted to believe that He sent the bad”. But please be assured – God did not send this virus – the foolishness of man and the evil schemes of the devil caused this virus.
But, whether we like it or not, we are going through the valley of the shadow death. This coronavirus is deadly for certain segments of society – especially people with a weakened immune system – the elderly and the sick.
How many people will die? We just don’t know. Right now the mortality rate among confirmed cases is 4 %, but because there are so many unconfirmed cases, the actual rate is much less.
But even if it is just 1 %, it is still a great tragedy. Thankfully, many others have just had mild reactions, and we pray that this remains so.
But many people have already died from this virus. And so it is a valley that we will walk through, and we’re going to walk through it together.
- Epidemics Do End
Throughout history there have been pandemics and plagues, and from history we know that they do not last. We know that epidemics grow and decline like bell curves. They start, and then they rapidly grow, and then they spike, but they inevitably peak and decline.
That’s why we’ve heard health officials talking about lowering the curve – lowing the peak of outbreaks by taking just common-sense steps to contain, and to reduce, and to prevent the number of new infections.
Actually, we should have been practicing these common-sense steps ever since the 1990’s, when air travel first become affordable for most people.
Through these common-sense steps such as quarantining those who have a virus, and self-isolating those who might have it, we are thinking of others, and protecting the most vulnerable by isolating them from contact.
So we wash our hands as often as we can, we avoid places where we might have physical contact with strangers, and we practice social distancing. These are all good hygiene practices, and we should follow them all.
But in the days and weeks ahead, there are going to be other things that we need to do. On a small scale, we’ve been phoning all of our members, to check in on them, see how they are doing, and seeing what they need prayer for.
But if schools are closed for a number of months, how, as a society, are we going to teach our children. And how are we going to look after our children, when parents have to go to work? And how are we going to help each other deal with the economic consequences from all of this disruption?
We, as the church, have a responsibility to our members, and a responsibility to society. I believe that we must learn new ways of being the church. May God give us revelation in this season, of how we can truly be a society-influencing agent for the Kingdom of God!
- Building Confidence
But right now, I just want to focus on building your confidence in God. And we do that, by replacing fear with facts and faith. But how do we do that?
Paul talked about handing unexpected problems, in 2 Corinthians 1:7.
2 Corinthians 1:7, NIV – (7) And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
Paul said that is hope for them was firm! Other translations say that Paul was confident. Why was Paul confident? Because He KNEW. Paul’s hope was firm, because He KNEW.
- What We KNOW Is What Gets Us Through
What is Paul telling us? What we know is what gets us through. What we know is what gets us through. What we know – gives us hope and gets us through – whatever kind of crisis we’re in.
So, in the next number of videos, I’m going to remind us of seven things that we already KNOW. We need to remember these 7 things, because they will give us the confidence that we need, and the courage that we need, and the calmness that we need, as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.