Where is the Line?

With the fear of the coronavirus spreading faster than the virus itself, some may wonder where the fine line is between preparing and staying protected and maintaining your peace and witness for God.  You could argue both sides, and in doing so, catch the sharp opposing opinions of others.  You should be washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze even without a virus spreading.  You also should be trusting in the protection of Almighty God for your life and health.  God has given us wisdom to put into practice, and you can do that without getting pulled into the parade of panic.  If God in heaven does not count your heartbeats and have the days of our lives numbered in His book, then fear and panic are warranted, but if you believe in the sovereignty of God over your life, then use your wisdom, hold your peace, and keep your witness for God.  

Psalm 91:5-7 says, “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, [Nor] of the arrow [that] flies by day, [Nor] of the pestilence [that] walks in darkness, [Nor] of the destruction [that] lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; [But] it shall not come near you.”

Don’t read this wrong, you are going to die unless Jesus Christ returns before that time, but even in facing death, there is a place for you to go and take refuge.  The safest place you can be is as close to God as possible.  That’s the emphasis in this Psalm, to make God your place of refuge and dwelling place.  To make God your dwelling place means you don’t stop in for visits, but it’s a lifestyle of connection and communication with Him.  God can do for you what no mask or hand washing or quarantine can ever do.  Be quarantined by the Almighty, and He will see you through deadly viruses, and even death itself will not shake you.  

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