sermon: Faith Over Fear
God's Promises Trump Human Crises
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 21-Mar-20; Sermon #1534; 75 minutes
God is sovereign and intervenes on behalf of those who call upon Him and faithfully yield to His will (Isaiah 40:27-32). Modern Israelites have followed the precedent set by their ancient forbears of easily panicking when they imagine that God has abandoned them. When it looks like things are out of control, God is busily at work behind the scenes. The current restrictions in response to the coronavirus could last three months, causing many to be fearful, discouraged, and stir-crazy. The apostle Paul admonishes us to be subject to civil governments for conscience sake as long as their regulations do not conflict with God's laws (Romans 13). Quarantine does not suppress Sabbath-keeping one iota. God's Word is the source of quarantine laws (Leviticus 13) which have the effect of temporarily restricting people from attending Sabbath services. Psalm 103 reminds us that God heals all our diseases. When Christ promised the Comforter, He assured us that He will grant whatever we ask in His name, when accompanied by faith. God's command that we, when sick, are to request the elders to anoint us with oil in the name of the Lord, is still in effect (James 5:14-15). If we replace anxiety with godly faith, realizing that perfect love casts out all fear (I John 4:18), God will grant us the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:6).
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