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When Times Get Tough

Published on April 23, 2020

Mark Long


“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- Joshua 1:9



Our world is facing one of the most brutal pandemics in history. It has disrupted everyone’s lives by shutting down businesses, schools, and athletic events. The cases of infections and death are increasing. The world is in a panic. However, even in these times of crisis we can pause, rejoice, and give thanks to the One who is in control.

A64A2495Similarly, our world is under attack by the spiritual forces of evil. Its spread can wreak havoc. Just like the CDC has guidelines in place to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting the Coronavirus, we can follow spiritual guidelines that can prevent our risk of losing faith and encouraging others in theirs.

For example, we must “socially distance” ourselves from worldly ways, clean our hands often by bathing in God’s Word, and live pure and upright lives, practicing godliness and holiness. In Christ, we are the light in the darkness, offering hope and peace to others by empowering them to replace their fear with faith in God. We can give thanks and rejoice in our Savior for His greater purpose.

We have God’s peace that transcends all understanding. God calls us to be strong and courageous. The greater our faith, the less our fear. God can use us to be the calm and peace in others’ lives. We can help them focus on the Lord rather than the fear or the problem our world faces. He is our Savior!



1. As Christ-followers, what should our response be to the current crisis?

2. What steps can you take to help others replace their fear with faith?



  • Matthew 14:28-32

  • Hebrews 12:14



“Father, thank You for Your divine intervention in our lives. Help us to experience Your presence and peace amidst the chaos around us. Replace any fear with steadfast faith in You.”

*This is an excerpt from FCA's new YouVersion Bible reading plan, Spiritual Conditioning: Strengthening Your Relationship With God. Download the plan to be equipped with tips and guidelines on how to strengthen your spiritual core with Jesus Christ.