Pastor Culley Speaks Out . . . .

Standing On God's Promises

During the past four weeks we have been bombarded with stories about the Coronavirus. Our condolences are extended to the families who have lost love ones to this deadly disease. We are therefore, concerned about the spread of this terribly contagious disease. It has caused us to cancel basketball tournaments, parades, schools, hockey games, churches and mosques; any places where large number of people (ten or more) congregate together. The isolation plan has now been extended to small businesses, banquet halls, casinos, restaurants and bars. We know the elderly with preexisting medical conditions are more vulnerable to acquire this disease. Although, about 80% of people positively afflicted, recover after treatment. The public at large is beginning to show signs of panic. Food is being stored and the basic treatment is isolation. 

Our politicians are making all sorts of promises. As Christians who have faith in Jesus Christ, we must remember God’s promises to be with us. So during these trying times, let us remember, to "trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path". Let him give us peace. Peace of mind. Oh yes, a sound mind means to take precautions like washing your hands, maintaining social distancing and refraining from shaking hands. So let's not panic, we will get through this.

There is a story I heard some time ago that should give us something to think about: A large jetliner was taking passengers to their destination when they went through some terrible turbulence. The plane went up and down, shaking and losing altitude. Everyone on the plane was hollering and screaming, except a little girl who sat directly behind the bulkhead. When everything returned to normal a lady sitting next to the little girl leaned over and said, “I’m impressed by your calmness. Everybody else on the plane was really upset, but you sat there as if everything was alright. Why were you so calm?” The little girl replied, “I wasn’t afraid because my daddy is flying the plane and he promised me we would make it home safely.

Are you standing on the promises of God today? Is God truly your all in all? Just as the little girl’s faith was placed in the promise made by her father and she had no fear, our faith should be placed in the promises made by our heavenly father, and likewise have no fear. For 2 Tim 1:7 says "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind". He is there for us.

So do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid. He is willing and able to sustain us. 
God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9). Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34). Keep the faith and with Jesus Christ, we will get through this virus pandemic.

God bless each of you and continue to keep the faith.

Pastor Tom J. Culley
Posted March 16, 2020