Echoes From the Campfire

God never said believing in him would ensure your life didn’t have struggle.  He never guaranteed that you’d be without pain or suffering.  All he guaranteed you was that during those times, he would be there with you.”
               –G. Michael Hopf  (Last Ride)

     “Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
               –Psalm 46:2 (NKJV)
There are some things I just don’t understand.  For instance, why are Christians, born-again believers, living in fear over this virus?  Now, that is not to say that this isn’t a serious situation, but where is the common sense mixed with faith that should be seen in Christians?  Do they not know their God?  Do they not trust in God?  I am not saying to forsake common sense, but don’t live in fear!

          “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
                     –Matthew 10:30-31 (NKJV)

The idea of Christians living in fear has always bothered me.  I am not a fatalist, but I do believe that God has everything under control including this virus!  It really all goes back to:  who do you trust?  I believe it must be God-led, for in my devotions this week I came across part of a sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon.  Ponder his words; see how they fit your life.

          “Other men shake because they think this is all chance.  We, however, believe that the tempest is in the hand of God, and we can confide in our God in the midst of the storm.  It is for us to be peaceful and calm.  Why should we shake?  In all convulsions in the world, in all temporal distress and danger, it is for us to stand calm and collected, looking boldly on.  Our confidence should be very much the same–in comparison with the man who is not a believer in providence… . We are to say, ‘I know God is here, and I am His child, and this is all working for my good.  Therefore, I will not be afraid, though the earth is removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.’
          “There is never a reason to be frightened at every little thing, to always imagine the worst is coming, and to live in dreadful fear.  If you have evils today, do not multiply them by fearing those of tomorrow… .
          “If good things come, thank God for them, but do not set your heart upon them.  If good things go, thank God that He has taken them Himself, and still bless His name.  Bear all.  He who feels that everything that comes to pass is according to God’s will has a great mainstay to his soul.  He need not be shaken to and from by every wind that blows…”

     There is a virus among us.  There is no doubt of that.  But in the midst of the virus there is something even more sinister that’s being fueled by the media and the liberals and that is a pandemic of fear.  The purpose–control.  Satan brings fear, he brings confusion and chaos, and as soon as the Rapture of the believers takes place he is ready to take over.  Remember the words of Jesus that were a prelude to the ones written above: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul…”. (Matthew 10:28) If we go to the grave via the virus, we shall rise in victory on that day when the trumpet shall sound, but do not spend your life behind a mask living in fear, and do not be deceived by the words of men.