The Christian Response to the Coronavirus
By Reverend Dr. RB Holmes, Pastor
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Praise God! Today is the last day in March, 2020. The impact of COVIC-19 on our daily lives has truly been in the spiritual realm. “March Madness!” The outbreak of the coronavirus has and is testing our faith, our strength and our trust in the living Lord. Praise God, we are still here! This week, I am writing about the “The Promises of God.” Yesterday, I shared with you “The Promise of Answered Prayer.” Today, God is urging me to talk about “The Promise of God’s Presence!” Listen! The Bible is a book about the living God who keeps His word, who keeps His promises, and a God you can trust at all times.
We can find the promises of God from Genesis to Revelation. A life-changing verse about God’s promises was recorded about Jesus’ birth. St. Matthew 1:23 tells us, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” God with us! God with us! God with us! Can you name one day, one time, one season, one situation or one struggle, in which God was not with you? If you can’t, then we need to stop right now and tell God “Thank you!”
Just in case the troubles of this life, the burdens of this life and the vicissitudes of this life have stolen your joy and your hope, you must remember right about now, that the promise remains “God with us!” Yes, because of the assurance of the promise of “God with us,” we can journey on; we can thrive; we can overcome; and we must press on. Why? Because sweet Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:20B, “…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. ” Look around. Is the world over yet?”