The breaking news is coming at a rapid pace. COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) have caused the global community to take a sudden halt. Schools are closing. Businesses have suspended operations. Sports and entertainment events have been canceled. Hospitals and medical facilities are under great pressure to care for existing patients and new patients alike. It appears that the world is on pause.

As we confront this global pandemic by abiding by the wise counsel of government officials, medical professionals, scientists and experts, many can be overwhelmed and riddled by fear. Unfortunately, fear is also met with skepticism with too many calling this virus a “hoax” or a “scam”. (note: reputable and reliable sources have disputed this false claim). Rather than perpetuate anxiety or worry, it’s critical that we spread the message of hope. This hope is not in man’s ability alone but in God’s promises.

Scripture tells us in Romans 15:13:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our God is the God of hope! In the midst of uncertainty, God’s hope fills us with assurance that He is with us, for us and fighting on our behalf. But it requires our trust. Our trust in Him and His promises. While we trust God while holding on to hope, we must use wisdom. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. Ask the God of hope to provide wisdom during this time by following proper protocols and helping those who are in need.

This worldwide pandemic serves as an opportunity for the Church to be the Church! The Church is not a building or a facility. The Church are the people! Our words, actions, behavior and response to these circumstances will model calm in the midst of what researchers call “panic mind”. We have the opportunity to show that hope does not rest in the solving of a circumstances but the consistent character of our God.

I pray for all directly and indirectly affected by the virus. I pray for our federal, state, and local officials who are guiding our response efforts. I pray for organizations, churches and businesses who are supporting the efforts of community outreach. I pray for the God of Hope to minister to the nations of the world as we navigating through this season. May the God of comfort surround those who have lost loved ones or those suffering greatly due to the virus.

The God of Hope is here. He will never leave. — RF