In the space of a week, our world has changed.  We were washing our hands a little extra, and now we are confined to our homes, trying to protect the vulnerable ones among us from an invisible threat.  The headlines, social media, and every conversation reminds us of what is unknown, uncertain, and frightening.

How do we steady our wavering hearts?  We remind ourselves of the things we know.  Jesus’ simple words when questioned for healing on the Sabbath still ring true: “My Father is always working, and so am I,” (John 5:17, NLT).

“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33, BSB).

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you,” (Isaiah 54:10, NIV).

Our confidence is not in our use of soap and hand sanitizer, but in the Father through whose loving hands every trial must pass before it can enter our lives.  Our confidence is not in testing and quarantines, but in the sovereign God who decides exactly how far the tide of disease is permitted to rise. Our confidence is not in medical researchers working around the clock to develop treatments and vaccines, but in the Lord who gives them wisdom and energy for the task.  One look at Him and we find courage in the place of fear, for in the words of Jill Briscoe, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”