As we look at the world today, we see widespread panic and uncertainty. Many things in this world can strike fear into our hearts, but few can match the terror that an invisible army can bring. War, famine, and natural disasters are all terrible, but pestilence seems to top them all. Disease is not something you can easily hide from or see coming. It quietly waits for its next unsuspecting victim.
One thing that I have noticed as this epidemic has progressed is how quickly our normal way of living can fall apart. The way we interact and go about our daily business has drastically changed. Essential supplies have become hard to find. Many are buying all they can to try to prepare for the worst. But do we need to fear? Is there a solution that can bring back peace and hope?
There is a solution to not only this epidemic but any other problem we may face in the future as well. The solution is not a miracle cure but a Person. There is One who has never lost a battle with disease. He can calm the storms and even supply our basic wants. His name is Jesus Christ.
There was a time in my life when I tried to do things my way. I tried to fill my life with possessions and entertainment to find happiness. All I found was misery and hopelessness. 5 Years ago, I gave my whole heart to Jesus Christ. I have never experienced happiness and peace as I have now. I don’t need to fear like I once did.
The Bible holds the solution to every problem we may face. There were many times that Jesus healed the lepers. This was a disease that left its victim in a hopeless condition. Those that contracted leprosy were feared by the population and quarantined. They had no hope of recovery, but only had to look forward to a slow, painful death. Jesus was able to heal all who came to Him, and you know what? He still lives.
We put so much faith in the medical staff who are human like us but shrink from putting our faith in One who never lost a case. It is good that we trust the medical staff. They became doctors and nurses because they love to help people. God often works through these men and women and blesses them with wisdom to know how to help. But we must realize where our faith must lie; in Jesus Christ.
Here is a promise that was given to the disciples shortly before Christ returned to heaven. “They will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:18 (NKJV). Did the disciples have anything to fear? No! They had a promise of divine protection. As they followed the commission to spread the good news, they didn’t have to fear or worry. And what was the record of how this was fulfilled? In Acts 28:2-6, Paul was bitten by a venomous viper. He shook the serpent off and was left unharmed. Those that were looking on were convinced that he must be a god, for no man could be bitten by that snake and not suffer the results. We also can rely on the promises of God.
So, what is the promise given to those that love the Lord? “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalms 91:10, 11. Even death is nothing to be feared if you love the Lord, for the promise comes to us; “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” Revelation 14:3.
Will you turn with me to the One who can banish all our fears and worries? Who will never leave us or forsake us? Jesus cares just as much about us as He did the lepers 2000 years ago. I hope you will join me in finding peace in Jesus in these uncertain times.
Written by Cory Lamming