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March 20, 2020

The headlines of the corona virus sweep every news channel and every social media feed. Many are panicked and fearful. How should we react to this evolving situation? Here are some practical guidelines from God's Word.

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Stay informed
In times like these, misinformation can easily spread. Contact your local health services and organizations, as well as the Disease Control Centers (CDC), to keep up with what's going on in your community.

"Let the wise listen and contribute to their learning"

(Proverbs 1: 5).

Take precautions
Listen to what your health authorities tell you: wash your hands, stay home from work if you are sick, avoid unnecessary travel, keep your living and working areas clean.

"A prudent person anticipates danger and takes precautions"

(Proverbs 27:12)

Do not live in fear
Fear seems inevitable in times of uncertainty. Remember that God is with you even in difficult times – to help and support you.

"So do not be afraid, because I am with you; Do not be dismayed because I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will support you with my just right hand. "

(Isaiah 41:10)

Pray fervently
Pray for local, state, national, and international leaders that God will help them make wise decisions to stop the spread of this virus. Pray for those who are sick that God will heal them. Pray for those who have lost loved ones that God will comfort them. Pray that all healthcare workers should be protected and empowered to help the sick.

I therefore first ask that all people – for kings and all authorities – be asked for petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving so that we can lead a peaceful and peaceful life with all piety and holiness. This is good and pleases God, our Redeemer, who wants all people to be saved and come to know the truth. "

(1 Timothy 2: 1–4)

Be an encourager
Although many institutions are temporarily closed and social contact is limited, there are still ways to reach and love others. Through phone calls, text messages, emails, video calls, and social media, you can check in to see how your loved ones are doing and encourage others through prayer, a kind word, or sharing a passage from God's Word.

"Encourage and build each other"

(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Trust God
This virus reminds us that there are many things in this world that are beyond our control. However, we can choose to trust God who is in control of all things. The Bible says that God "works everything out according to the purpose of His will" (Ephesians 1:11). We can be confident that the Lord will use this situation to fulfill His plans for our good and glory.

"When I'm scared, I trust you"

(Psalm 56: 3).

Remember your hope
In the coming weeks we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is a reminder that there is hope even in the worst of circumstances. Because of Jesus, our future is safe and we always have a reason to hope. While the Lord has not promised that we will escape pain and suffering in this life, He promises to be faithful and love each day.

"But I remember that and therefore I have hope: because of the great love of the Lord we are not consumed, because his compassion never fails. They are new every morning; your faithfulness is great."

(Lamentations 3: 21-23)

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