“ (insert state/county/city name) Sees Largest Increase in Covid Cases.” This headline assaults us every day. No wonder many of us are afraid. Will I contract COVID? My entire family is in one or more risk categories – will one of them be exposed to the virus? What happens if the virus attacks?
Centuries ago an old couple named Abram and Sarai worried about their legacy. They had no children of their own. God, whom Abram had followed had led to a far away land of promise. Yet,they had no children who could inherit the land. Perhaps, during a sleepless nights, God spoke: “As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you … And to you and your future offspring I will give the land where you are residing—all the land of Canaan—as an eternal possession, and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17:4–8, HCSB)
Centuries later Moses and Aaron stood before Abraham’s offspring and prayed this blessing: “May Yahweh bless you and protect you; may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24–26, HCSB)
Again centuries pass and the hymn writer/psalmist writes: “May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on us with favor Selah” (Psalm 67:1, HCSB) From eternity to eternity God’s promises are the same.
The challenges are never-ending. Pandemics, economic crashes, personal crises of all types test us regularly. God will fulfill His promises. Let fear be replaced with assurance. Experience God’s blessing.