Do Not Be Afraid

by Joel Osteen

Friday, April 3, 2020
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When we look at all that's going on in the world, it's easy to live worried and afraid. We watch the news and see natural disasters, sicknesses, and accidents. If that's not enough, now we're dealing with the coronavirus. We think, "What if I get sick? What if my business doesn't make it? What if my mother gets it?" All these concerns are valid. If you were on your own, you would have a reason to live worried. But you're not in this by yourself.

The Scripture says, "You have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your soul" (1 Peter 2:25). The Most High God is the Guardian of your soul. When He breathed life into you, He didn't just put you on the earth and say, "Good luck. You're on your own." He said, "I'm going to guard you. I'm going to push back forces of darkness. I'm going to hide you from enemies. I'm going to shield you from trouble." Psalm 91 says, "God rescues you from every trap and protects you from the fatal plague." You don't have to be afraid of this virus. God has a shield around you. He knows how to keep harm away. And if it does come, He knows how to heal you. He knows how to restore what was taken. He will rescue you from every trap. The enemy doesn't have the final say. Nothing can snatch you out of God's hands.

Because you turned to your Shepherd, He's protected you from things you know nothing about. He kept that car from hitting you. He pushed back that sickness. He's been guarding your soul since you were born. If you knew all the things He's already kept you from, you wouldn't worry about what you're facing now. You would stay in peace, knowing that God has you covered. You're in the palms of His hands. You're not at the mercy of fate, bad luck, or a dreaded disease.

Psalm 121 says that your Guardian God is right by your side to protect you. He guards you when you go out, and He guards you when you return. He guards you now, and He will guard you always. You can't go anywhere without your Guardian God. That's why you can live from a place of peace, a place of faith, even though there's turmoil all around you. Stay in peace. God didn't say you wouldn't have to face these things. But He did promise He will rescue you from the trouble. He will keep the fatal plague from taking you out. God has a hedge of protection around you, a blood line that the enemy cannot cross. No weapon formed against you will ever prosper.