By Denise Edwards

During this time, with so much going on in our nation, it would be easy to

lose sight of the reality of what is real and what is a temporary condition.

The things we worry about most are our health, our safety, and finally

our finances. I encourage you to stay focused, stay centered, and remember

God Himself is still in control of the universe. 

We may have a fear of being exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Do not be paralyzed by fear but do follow the guidelines that have been set by the CDC and your local state government. Do not put yourself in a compromising position. Isaiah 43:1 tells us not to fear for we have been redeemed. God has specifically called us by name, and we belong to Him. So, walk in wisdom not fear during this time because He still cares for you.

As you go out, pray before and after your return for the safety of all those who have fallen within your orbit. This includes your loved ones, children, grandchildren, your parents, friends, and neighbors. Isaiah 3:18 states, “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.  For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.”

Many of you have been affected by the loss of finances, either through job layoff, closed places of employment or reduced hours. These are real problems but remember that God's purposes will still be fulfilled even during these trying and desperate times. Joseph was sold into slavery and imprisoned but ended up being second in command only to Pharaoh and leading the Egyptian people out of a famine. Job’s family, health, and wealth were all taken but he did not denounce God. All that was lost to him, plus more was restored. 

So, I would say to you, hold on to the faith, and do not be afraid or embarrassed to let others know what your needs are. God’s word in James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Remember, we are stronger together than we are alone.

Pastor Orlando and Denise live in White Plains, MD.