A Word of Encouragement Just For You
The world has changed a lot in the last few days, hasn’t it?
It feels like the world has gone mad, and in some ways I guess it has. People are afraid, and frightened people sometimes do crazy things in the name of self-preservation. One thing I admire about the extremely poor people we serve is the way they look out for each other. When one of them gets ahold of food or supplies, they share with their friends and neighbors without even thinking about it. Our nation could learn a lot from the poor.
A Word Of Hope
You’ve probably received about a million emails from different organizations, each telling you how they are responding to the crisis. I don’t have any of that, nor do I have special instructions for you to protect yourself (you can get that from the CDC or your doctor).
All I have is a word of encouragement, and if you need some right now, keep reading.
People are talking a lot about faith and fear lately. Many people don’t know who to trust. Some are afraid of what this virus could do to them. I don’t know what kind of a relationship you have with faith of any kind right now; each of us in a different place, and even the most ardent believers are having their faith tested right now.
It’s OK to be shaken when things are shaking. You don’t have to be strong all the time.
Someone To Trust
Now, I don’t claim to know everything about the God I serve – the God of the Bible – but I trust what He tells me about Himself. He says things like this:
“If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” – Exodus 15:26
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” – Numbers 23:19
“I the Lord do not change.” – Malachi 3:6
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:4-5
“…and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.” – Luke 6:19
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
My Go-To Promise For Times Like This
There are thousands of promises like these in the Greatest Success Book Ever Written (the Bible), and they are all available to you. But in the times when I am feeling fearful and anxious, there is one I lean on. I have heard of physicians and soldiers who have memorized it and speak it to themselves every day. My kids memorized it and recite it. I think it applies to us all right now:
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” – Psalm 91
Let that Psalm be a word of encouragement to you in a troubling time. Please know that we are praying for you and can’t wait to hear how you’re doing.
It’s So Much Scarier For The Poor
As scary as things seem here, imagine how fearful a thing like this is for the people we serve in places like Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, and Mexico. Your gifts to KRF go to provide relief supplies, food, and medical care in some of the poorest places in the world, so consider sending something extra to help with the extra medical relief efforts that are already mobilizing across the Third World. As always, 100% of it will go straight to the poor. It’s our promise to you.