We are living in what certainly feel like strange times. Who could have ever imagined the country basically shutting down in the way it has, all over the course of 2-3 days? Uncertainty is all around. People are on edge. Stores are emptying out. It’s all very easy to get caught up in. (I’ve battled a little of that myself.)
This is not the time for fear or panic. It’s an occasion for absolute trust and dependence on God knowing He will take care of His own. Trust doesn’t mean however, that we throw caution to the wind. Taking the necessary preventative measures is not a lack of faith, it’s common sense. There is a very real reality of COVID-19’s deadly power. The warnings we are receiving from federal, state, and local governments are for our good. (No one would ever accuse NOAA of engaging in a conspiracy when it issues a tornado warning. If the warning applied to our area, responding to it by taking cover would not be a lack of faith, but be according to very biblical and common-sense measures of self-protection.)
So, as we move forward over the next few weeks we need to strike a balance between faith and the risk of being together in the same room together. If you think you might have been exposed, or have a cold or related symptoms, it is best you stay out of the assembly until the greatest threat passes. This is out of respect and love for those who are in real danger if they contract this virus. The principle of Galatians 6.10 applies: Do good to all, and especially those who are the household of faith. If you are elderly or in a health-compromised situation, it’s probably best that you stay home until things settle down.
My friend Kyle Ellison recently wrote, “Fear and confusion are of Satan, be sure of that. God has never been a God who operated, sanctioned, or approved of chaos, giving control to fear, and disorder. Today, look to the One who is constant no matter what Wall Street, Hollywood, Washington, Fox, or CNN says. Greater than any political upheaval, fear, or uncertainty, there is The God of heaven who still has the whole world in His hands, and it is because of this truth we can go to sleep each night with a greater assurance of mind than money could ever buy.” This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, Hebrews 6.19-20.