When we see or hear of other people panicking and resorting to extreme measures, we feel the pressure to do the same. We call it self-preservation, or the fear of missing out.
While there is cause for concern and for proper planning during a virus outbreak, I’m sure your pastor has recently quoted the scriptural truth “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
So, how should a Christian proceed financially in such a time, without fear?
This is a time when those Bible verses you’ve memorized need to be acted on, by faith. “Trust in the Lord withall thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
While trusting in the Lord, we need to guard our hearts against the temptation to do things our way (lean not on your own understanding). The temptation may be to cut back our giving to the Lord (just for now) or pause the tithe (surely God will understand?), but doing so takes us out of the position of “living by faith” to “walking by sight.”
We need to remember that God has not changed, neither have His promises, and that God’s ways are not hindered by the world’s CoronaVirus concern. God’s Word still proclaims, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8). Regarding finances, God’s ways are to honor Him first, then He promises to more than meet our needs.
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
Second, God calls us to be wise with our money and to be mindful of our wealth (see Pro. 27:23). Putting this into practice in such a time as this makes us want to reduce any unnecessary spending; to look closely where each dollar is going; and to review any monthly or annual subscriptions to services we may have forgotten about, such as apps, coffee delivery, and gym memberships we are no longer using.
Third, if you are currently employed, determine to provide the best quality work to your employer, doing it unto the Lord. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24. Finding favor in the eyes of men and God will assure your value as an employee.
Fourth, let us look out for the needs of others; especially during times when it is challenging to shop for the basics needs in life. When we do this, we show the love of Christ to others and please God.