We interrupt your hand-washing to remind you of two things: first, God is still God, and secondly, hysteria can be even more dangerous than the virus.

The COVID-19 pandemic, aka “coronavirus,” has caused travel to be restricted, stocks to go down, events to be canceled, and schools to be closed. It’s easy to let anxiety take over. But we worship a God who is the Master of the universe. Nothing is outside His control. Although things like illness and tragedy will continue to happen in our broken world, God has given us the tools to bring heaven to earth, here and now.

First, let’s pray together for recovery for those who are ill, wisdom for world leaders, and rapid medical breakthrough (1 Kings 8:37-40; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 1:5).

Secondly, let’s exercise wisdom. We aren’t called to be naïve or ignorant, but to learn all we can. Determine your comfort level for hygiene and safety, and then stick to it. Having done all we can do, we are released to live abundantly within those boundaries, standing firmly in faith, and trusting in God.

God tells us we don’t have to be afraid, no matter what the latest headlines say: “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday” (Psalm 91:5-6).

Let’s wash our hands, calm our fears, and encourage one another (and ourselves) in the truth.

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