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“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.”

Believer, life on planet earth is noticeably different than it was a few short weeks ago. Who could have imagined citizens universally being told to stay home from work and play? And no one would have guessed that we’d be faced with empty shelves at the market. But here we are, and people are worried, they’re anxious, and in need. But where some see uncertainty, I see opportunity.

Those around us can see that Christians are not exempt from adversity – it comes to us just like them – but unlike them, we can experience freedom from worry. Fretting is assuming a responsibility that was never intended to be ours. It’s like a three-year-old wringing their hands over the mortgage when dad’s bank account has an abundance. In times such as these, we can go about the business of life with confidence because our heavenly Father knows our needs before we’re aware of them, and when we do ask, He answers. (Matthew 6:25-34). When anxious thoughts assault us, and they will, we need to let this promise wash over our souls and saturate our minds, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3).

It is reasonable to trust in the Father who freely gave His own Son that you might be saved. He will not forsake you now. You are inscribed on the palms of His hands. (Isaiah 49:16). The power of the cross sets us free from the tyranny of worry.

The real need of our anxiety-ridden world isn’t health or stocked shelves, it is peace with God that brings the peace of God. Open your front door and step outside, while praying a neighbor does the same. They may never read a Bible, but in that moment, you are the Bible. Give them an encouraging word, a loaf of bread or can of tuna from your cupboard and then tell them why you have hope. In every crisis there is opportunity. May we not allow this one to pass without sharing the good news of eternal life.

– Pastor Jack

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