By Dave Dawson
Dear Bethel family,
It feels like our world has been upended. The Corona virus has been the catalyst for disruption, isolation and destruction. The virus has hit almost every nation and every stratum of society, though the sick and elderly are the ones most susceptible to severe effects. The effects of the virus have hit our church. You all know that we did not meet as a gathered church last Sunday and may not for the foreseeable future.
We have all been instructed on how to respond to the virus by washing our hands and maintaining social distance. But, how do we as Christ followers respond to the (understandable) fear that can dominate our thinking and our lives? At Bethel, one of our core values is to be people of the word. What does the word teach us in times like this?
Psalm 46 speaks directly to us and gives us a firm foundation to stand on as the winds of fear and confusion blow around us.
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
The world certainly feels like what was solid has given way and that the news continually roars at us and that our institutions quake with uncertainty. The natural result of all this negative movement is fear. However, the Psalmist tells us that we will not fear.
How do we combat fear? We recognize that God is our refuge. We can retreat into his strong arms. He is our protection. God is also our strength. Alone, we are as weak as anybody else. But when we trust in His power, he gives us a strength that is beyond what is natural. Finally, God is not simply a God for the future or a God who is far above our personal struggles. He is an ever-present help in times of trouble.
Bethel family, let’s recognize the reality that God is our refuge and strength in this time of trouble! May the Lord bless us as we live out the word of God.