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These are strange times. I am surprised that I haven’t seen the following passage, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Lk. 21:25-26). There is “distress of nations with perplexity” and “Men’s heart failing them for fear”, but this is not the end of the world or the destruction of Jerusalem. But we are living, at least for the time being, in a strange set of circumstance. I have a take on this. You may not be interested but here it is.

I’m not going to live my life in fear but in faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Heb. 11:1). Faith comes from hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). One of the greatest passages in the Holy Word of God to give us faith and courage is, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). One doctor has predicted that over 500,000 in the US will die from the coronavirus. One preacher said that any church that met yesterday was irresponsible (This info from The Jenkins Institute). I just prefer to live in faith and not fear.

I’m not going to live my life confined but confirmed. Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The devil will do anything he can to take away joy. The saints who assembled on the Lord’s Day left joyful. Did you ever hear of Howard Hughes? A very wealthy man who died April 6, 1976. He lived in confinement because it was reported that he was scared of germs. I am going to live my life confirmed in Jesus Christ the Son of God. I have been saved by the blood of Jesus.

I am not going to live my life glued to the diatribe of the media but glued to the dictates of the almighty. “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me (Heb. 13:5-6). The words of Proverbs explain it very well, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5-6). The media has an agenda. That agenda, in my opinion, is to make your life as miserable as possible.

My good friend and brother, Roger Lane, called me today to see how I was doing. I said, “Roger, I put a sign on my door – coronavirus not welcome.” I had a great breakfast and went to work.

Bro. Larry Acuff
Larry Acuff