“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
As I write to you this is day five of the fifteen days that our president asked all Americans to observe a self-quarantine of sorts to attempt to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. Yesterday, after 24 hours of a persistent cough, I saw a doctor who determined that I probably have an upper respiratory infection. I was given a steroid shot, antibiotics, and a strong cough syrup. Even though I’m hunkered down, I am still available to any of you 24/7 by calling me at 334-462-4676.
Whether you are ill or trying not to be, this is a difficult time for everyone—Christians not excluded. This virus will affect everyone in this nation and the world over. We know our economy and the world economy is in turmoil. There is a distinct possibility that unemployment will go up, financial investments will go down, and everyone will be forced to “tighten their belts.”
Should we as the church be concerned? The answer is an affirmative—yes we should be. Should we be afraid? That would be a certain NO! “In God, I have put my trust, I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:11). Second Samuel 22:2-3 says, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my savior….”
During this time of global uncertainties, one thing is certain – God is in control! As the church, let us not forget that. I don’t know the outcome of all of this, but God does and “my shield is with God” (Psalm 7:10). Our hope and prayer should be, “Let me take refuge in the shelter of your wings” (Psalm 61:4). I do know that He will see us through this crisis.
As your staff, we encourage you and your family to pray, to fast, to study God’s Word together, and to enjoy this time with family. Let’s pray for those with the virus and for the families who have loved ones who have died. Let’s pray for our president, our governor and our mayor as well as all world leaders. Let’s pray for first responders, doctors, nurses, and all health care providers. Also, remember to pray for the research work to seek a vaccine for this virus. Let’s pray for one another. Go to eastmont.org to keep abreast of information and encouragement from your staff and church leaders. Go online on Sunday mornings for Bible study lessons and worship and the message through live streaming. And let me say with the writer of Hebrews 2:13, “And again, I will put my trust in Him.” May God bless you all!