“FEAR NOT!”

Those words are in the Bible over 300 times. We all have a tendency to be afraid when things around us are out of control. 

Some of my favorite verses in the Bible tell us what to do in times of crisis. Here are just two  examples that come to mind: 

Psalm 9:10:  And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. 

Psalm 18:2: The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 

So here is what I am asking each of you to do: 

1)      Do not be afraid. Keep your head. 

2)      Trust God to take care of you through this crisis. Keep your heart. 

3)      Prepare. Keep your peace. 

a.      I would strongly urge you to go to the store and buy two weeks of groceries. The panic has caused other people to buy irrationally. Get what you can to sustain your family for two weeks. You will have more peace if you know you have some supplies regardless of what happens. 

b.      Be prepared for further restrictions on your freedom. Several cities are requiring all non-essential business to close. That will likely happen in Tucson too. 

4)      Pray. Keep your comfort. 

a.      Prayer is powerful. Share with the Lord your concerns. If you find you have a need, ask God for provision of that need. We often have not because we ask not. Prayer is a great comforter in times of need. 

5)      Serve. Keep your testimony. 

a.      Many people will be ill prepared to handle this type of disruption in their lives. Look for opportunities to serve your neighbors in Jesus’ name. People may ask why you serve when others do not. You will have an opportunity to share why your relationship with Jesus compels you to serve others in time of need. 

Remember, this too will pass. We can get through this crisis if we trust the Lord and work together. 

- Mark Harris

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