For me, it is amazing to behold the divine hand of God at work in humanity. We are so very fragile. In a season where the world is experiencing fear from the Ebola crisis, which now claims almost 5000 victims, it is difficult to stand firm on God’s promises. It would seem our need for God is clearly displayed daily, and at that, many times a day. When God speaks to us in His Word, God assures us and we know by faith that the promises are true and right. The problem for us occurs when we survey the landscape of humanity and all that seems turbulent in the world, and then attempt to live by faith in God and His Word and not by what we see around us. Most would confess that fear is something that strikes at our heart often. Isaiah 41:20 is one of many promises that God gives to extend peace and hope, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This is not the only place where our Father who loves us assures us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. There are hundreds of passages that speak to God’s love and presence with us and He guarantees it in the cross of Christ. No matter how hard we may try to build our own safe place, there is no place of isolation or withdrawal, made with human hands, that can keep us secure like God can as we place our life squarely in God’s hands. God is eternal, God is sovereign and God is provident over all creation. We use good common sense to do everything we can do to keep sickness at bay and from spreading. Closing borders, using protective gear, enforcing quarantines and the like are a good thing to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. But ultimately, there is only one place of eternal safety, in the arms of our loving God through a real relationship with Jesus Christ who has conquered all things. As we pray for all the hurting people who are effected by sickness and disease, let us also share with them the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ. God is indeed our refuge and our strength!
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