How then shall we live? Have you noticed a national panic? There is no toilet paper, hand sanitizers, towels and canned soup at Walmart, Costco, and Target . Lines are looong! Everyone’s conversation is held hostage to the COVID-19 Virus. So, what does this all mean? Here is what it means …. It tells us that the balance of people and societies are very fragile, and we are far more dependent than we ever realized. We have given most of our manufacturing and production to a foreign country, and now, if they have problems, we will be the first to feel its effects. They can control our economy by cutting off our supply of consumer goods! We have become very dependent even though we thought we are so independent and we needed no one. All that is currently taking place does not cause undue fear in a follower of Christ, because we know in whom we have believed, but I know it can cause fear in many around us … so, in the meantime, the question we all ask is “How then shall we live?” Here are 3 essentials to remember: 1. Place your trust firmly back on God! Everything else will not be reliable in the end. Our trust must be in Christ alone: not in our economy, not in our bank account, not our nest egg, not in what the media says, nor in what is happening abroad. Prov. 3:5-6 reminds us to “Trust in the LORD with all our hearts and lean NOT on our own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” His promises are still the same … in charted territory or in unchartered. He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Nevertheless, we must admit that God has gotten our attention. I often say, “I may not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future!” and that enough for me! 2. Learn the promises of God. Quote them often! Joshua 21:45 assures us that “Not one of the good promises God made to Israel failed; all came to pass!” One of my favorite promises is found in Exodus 23:25: “If you will serve and worship the Lord your God, He will bless your bread and your water and remove disease from your midst.” Learn to trust His promises and recite them … out loud! And recite them often to remind your heart to stay steady … in Christ alone! This is a time we when need to use the Word of God to grow in our confidence. 3. Do your part, and the Lord will do His! In other words, we do what we are supposed to do, and the Lord will do what He’s supposed to do! New Hope will take vigilant steps and precautionary measures to prevent any potential spread, but it’s going to take everybody doing their part. We will do everything we can and then we get to TRUST THE LORD to do what we cannot. Some, like immunologist Dr. Fauci, predicts that the number of those infected could yet increase. So, some have asked me: “What IF there is a large outbreak and lots of people get sick?l we need to protect ourselves!” If we run and retreat... if we are as fearful as the others, then when the battle begins, who will be there be to help? Who will step up to assist, to care, and PRAY, to lead?” Pr. 28:1 says, “The righteous will be as bold as a lion” So, in this time of uncertainty, what’s the answer? Where will our help come from? President Trump just declared that Sunday, March 15th, to be a “National Day of Prayer.” He tweeted: “We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these...”. I am so thankful that we have a President who knows that ultimately, our “help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” We will be wise; we will be vigilant; we will use foresight; we will take precautions; … but we will NOT be fearful! Finally, CS Lewis said: “God whispers in our pleasures, He speaks in our conscience, but He shouts in our pain.’ It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” God is getting our attention. He is awakening our anxious hearts to return to Him and to place our trust in Him alone … even when we cannot see the end result. He alone is immovable and trustworthy, and He is never fearful. 365 times in the bible we find the words: FEAR NOT! One for each day of the year! I like that! A possible crisis can lead people to retreat, or it can also lead people to revival! So, may I be so bold as to encourage us to pray for revival? This crisis can be a marvelous harvest season! God is using a megaphone. Let’s show the world how followers of Christ live and act in times of crisis when the world is topsy-turvy. Show people how the Gospel permeates our perspective, our behavior, and our church. When our neighborhoods are in a state of uncertainty, it can bring a wonderful opportunity to speak about our trust and confidence in God. We have a faith that is far greater than our present world! So, … keep a steady heart, a clear head, and be sure your trust is in Christ alone. He very well may be using a global megaphone to draw His people back to the only One who is trustworthy. The message is clear, but the response is up to you as to how we will respond and how then shall we live ..during this crisis. Let’s make this season one in which, when the storm has passed, we will have drawn closer, stronger, we will have grown in His promises and now are more balanced and we have found a solid trust .. in Christ alone!