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We are living in a time when fear, anxiety, depression and economic hardships are crushing down on so many people, and Christians are not immune to those troubles.. Trusting God in these times will stretch our faith and make us stronger in the process.

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Faith in the Pandemic

In less than 2 weeks, I will walk back into my school building with other teachers for the first time since early March. That, of course, is subject to change because plans are apt to be revised when your school is near the epicenter of a COVID-19 hotspot.

Recently, a teacher from another part of the state asked me how firm our local districts’ plans were. I responded that most local districts’ plans were detailed and firm, but the plans were built on a foundation of Jell-O. Any little wind of change could completely upset plans that took countless hours to formulate.

It is a given that these plans will not please everyone and a recent informal poll of a teachers’ group I lead indicated that 80% of teachers were suffering “a considerable amount of anxiety” over the prospects of returning for face to face classes.
I did not attempt to break the respondents down into demographic groups, but I do know many of my fellow Christian teachers told me they were struggling with anxiety. Moreover, I have been battling anxiety personally, as I am in a high-risk group.

I have heard some Christian teachers express the view that they were not anxious about the prospects of catching the coronavirus. Some take it farther and convey the idea that no believer should fear to work in a potentially virus-rich environment. It seems like a spiritually perceptive statement, but is it?

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Faith, Fear and the Wrong Wolf

The News: US returns to 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a day and officials warn pandemic will only get worse  (CNN)

God: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27

Folks, I cannot add anything to God’s Word, but I would like to offer advice on how to apply this to our lives.

First, we must recognize that the words in these passages are commands. We are told “do this” and “don’t do that”, and these are contradictory to the way many think about our lives.

We often hear people say things like “I can’t help how I feel”.  To that notion I have 2 responses:

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