70 times the Bible (NIV) uses the phrase “Do not be afraid”. It appears nine times in Deuteronomy as Moses is giving his farewell speech/challenge to the Israelites before they head into the Promise (but unknown) Land. He knew that they would face many new (and scary) situations and that their tendency would be to panic. He reminded them over and over again of all the times God proved Himself faithful by protecting them and providing for them. Moses says “Remember” even more than “do not be afraid” (16 times in Deuteronomy)!
In times like these we need to remember that God is not caught off guard by COVID-19; He is not wringing His hands, wondering what to do. He is calling us to remember that He is still in control. Our Father still loves us and is working ” for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Remember all that God has done and trust that He will continue to protect and provide!
Paul tells us in Ephesians 3 that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). Rather than worrying and being anxious, trust in God. He “will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
If I could share just one more passage of scripture, it would be 2 Timothy 1:7. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”. God’s Spirit dwells in ALL of His followers. He gives us the ability not only to survive but to flourish IF we life in His power. Do not give in to fear, rather live in “love and self-discipline”.