Green Valley Baptist Church
Thursday, April 09, 2020
All Roads Lead to Green Valley

Note from the Pastor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A Biblical Response to Coronavirus

I Samuel 17: What Fear Reveals
In I Samuel 17, God brings us face to face with a giant of fear in the person of Goliath, hold onto that. Today, we quite possibly the world over are facing our greatest threat and fear in the current global crisis of coronavirus.  Like ancient army of Israel cowering before the threat of Goliath, so, the world today is cowering before the coronavirus. In both cases, we know the threat of death is very real. The enemy before us is a GIANT of a problem. And like Israel in the days of Goliath, the world today is cowering, because we do not have a ready solution for the fear coronavirus is producing in our current day. Just as Israel was terrified before Goliath, so, many in our day are terrified the world over by coronavirus.
But what we need to understand and know is that fear and our level of it reveals one’s closeness to God. In general, the more you are afraid, the farther from God you are, the less you are afraid, the closer to God you are.  You see, the Bible says: “Perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18. And our God, the LORD Jesus Christ is Perfect Love. Beyond that, the Bible reminds us that: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  II Timothy 1:7.
This is displayed for us in the life of David, who when he heard Goliath’s challenge (17:23), stood his ground, looked around, and saw he was alone in his convictions. And David decided to act upon those convictions because of his deep and abiding faith in the promise of God that: “Perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18
Thus, David became more concerned about removing Israel’s disgrace at the hands of an uncircumcised giant, who was defying the armies of the    Living God. Where the rest of the people, like many people today in our current situation, saw a terrifying warrior, David saw an opponent who was not a part of God’s covenant community. And therefore, not under the umbrella of God’s protection and covering. Despite Goliath’s size, he lacked the authority and power to which David had access as a covenant member of God’s people. Thus, David was full of courage and zealous to protect those under his care, because David was bursting with trust in a wonderful LORD!
Little did Goliath know that his own taunts had put him under a curse by the one True God. And today, coronavirus us under that same curse.  Those things that defy God produce fear true enough. And if that’s where our focus lies, we will not be able to exercise God’s promise:
“Perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18.  My friend, God has not given us over to our fears. Because the Bible says, He has given us a spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind, through Jesus Christ… II Tim 1:7. Thus, it was that David exercised the promise of God and marched confidently onto the battlefield, to face perhaps the world’s most menacing enemy and warrior ever with the greatest weapon: “I come against you in the name of the LORD of armies, the God of the ranks of Israel; you have defied Him” (17:45). Don’t miss the power behind David’s words; they were words of confidence and prayer in Almighty God. The battle David faced belonged to the LORD. And the battle we face today in the opponent of coronavirus belongs to the LORD as well. Today, what’s needed is for God’s people to exercise confident trust in a Mighty God. And exercise the power of prayer through repentance and faith. Because while the enemy of coronavirus may be an imposing GIANT.  No obstacle is too large, and no circumstance is too menacing, when you understand that God is sovereign overall, and nothing is impossible for Him!
Goliath, who stood for all that was evil, was a terrifying presence. But like our enemy Satan, who prowls around like a roaring lion, he was   toothless in the face of God’s promise. Because he was fighting David, who was coming at him in the Name of the LORD of Hosts, in all His strength.
And it was no contest. As thousands watched, David slung his stone, his prayer in God’s Name, and the giant enemy Goliath toppled. When you fight in the power of the LORD’S Name and exercise your trust in God’s promises, the opponents of your fears melt away. They are defeated and crushed before you. Because God has promised that’s no weapon that’s formed against you shall prosper. Especially when you combat it in the Person and power of Jesus Christ.
We can thank God for what our government is doing to protect us, and we should. But what we cannot do is trust in the government more than we trust in the LORD our God. The present situation, coronavirus, is not only a physical opponent, it is a spiritual enemy. And spiritual enemies can only be defeated by spiritual resources and this our government doesn’t have. Only God’s people have the spiritual means available to unleash against the deadly enemy of coronavirus. We must release our fears by exercising and acting upon God’s promises. We must pray and trust in the power and might of God’s Holy Word. We must remember that the prayers of a righteous man avail much. We must exercise our authority in Christ, for only God can bring an end, to our present-day enemy, coronavirus. The time has come to march boldly onto the battlefield in prayer, asking God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves and rid this world of coronavirus.  We must humble ourselves, seek the LORD and pray. We must repent of our national and personal sin, and ask God to heal our land, protect our families, and rid the world of the spiritual and physical giant, coronavirus. And we must do so in the Power of the Name that stands above all names the Name of Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory both now and forever. Amen.