We are in the Lent season now, looking forward to Resurrection Sunday when we celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the fact that He is alive and now sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us.

Moreover, we can also look and see that His prophecy is being fulfilled and that one day He shall return. Now, between these times and the future, a lot of terrible, ungodly things are certain to take place. But, I say, do not worry; pray and be prepared.

Live every day for the Lord, enjoying each minute. Most important, be at peace with yourself and your fellow man, and know that when Jesus comes back, we will be with Him forever.

Pastor H.B. Charles of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida said: “Pray your worries away! Turn your worries into prayers. Take everything off your worry list and put it on your prayer list. Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray. Give each worry — one by one — to God in prayer.”

Psalms 91 declares God to be our refuge and our fortress.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckle. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place — the Most High, who is my refuge — no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone…”

Therefore, I encourage you to be happy, love God and your neighbors and be at peace with them. Do not worry about the coronavirus — just continue to be prayerful and cautious.

Do not worry about the nation being divided — just vote your conviction when the time comes.

And pray daily for your family, for your community, for our nation and for all the many things happening in our world that we have little or no control over. Finally, whatever else you do, stay close to God. Remember, Our God is large and is still in charge.

God has not moved.

A married couple of many years rode along in their automobile. The wife sat at one end of the seat and the husband at the other end behind the steering wheel. The wife asked, “Why can’t we sit close together like we did shortly after our marriage?” Her husband replied, “I haven’t moved.”

Is your sense of fellowship with God less than it once was? Well, you can be certain of one thing. God hasn’t moved, so draw nearer to Him.

The Rev. Carey N. Ingram is the pastor at Lovejoy Baptist Church.

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