NERVES ARE FRAYED, stomachs twist in knots and anxiety levels are off the charts as the Coronavirus has turned the area – and most of the world – into shut-ins. Locally, the reality of a long-term quarantine feels only a press conference away while most area students began a “new normal” of sorts on Monday with online classes.
It is in these moments, says Pastor Brian C. Young of Word Power Church in League City, that faith must come to the forefront to defeat fear.
“The Bible talks about these things,” he said, “but there is no reason to be scared in this time. God knows how to set us apart. “Those who believe in His word know they are safe and will shine brightly in His love.”
Young, like most area church leaders, had to adapt on Sunday due to ordinances that have kept mass crowds from converging. Adapting came as no problem for Young, who hosts his daily PowerlifeTV broadcast on Facebook with his wife Natasha.
To Young, this situation presents a moment for church leaders to step up their respective skills in order to draw the unaware toward a spiritual path.
“There’s no question this is an opportunity for us to reveal the true God,” he said. “God will use his believers to get others to see the Word. However, people must also realize that God is not the reason this is happening.
“This world is full of fear,” Young added. “It doesn’t have to be, especially when the chance to discover more of the truth of who God is right in front of us. It comes down to whether an individual chooses to see it or not.”
To that end, Young is teaching a series that emphasizes faith over fear as part of his March series entitled “The Distinguished Ones,” which will conclude this Sunday.
“God is good, and God is loving,” said Young. “He is also a peaceful God who will protect us and guide us through this. You just have to believe that He will.”