November 30, 2020
By Robert Knight
Back in March, Timothy Plan ran a blog article called “Keep Calm and Carry On,” addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and what investors might expect.
We’re still in the midst of the pandemic, plus a post-election time of uncertainty as to the final results.
During the London bombings in 1940, the British people rallied behind the slogan, “Keep calm and carry on.” That’s still the best advice for us as well.
Those of us who put our faith in our Heavenly Father have special reason not to despair.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim.1:7).
These are not just words but a way of living. When we realize that God, not we, are in charge, it takes away unnecessary anxiety.
“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14).
From Genesis through the New Testament, the Scriptures repeatedly emphasize God’s ownership of all things and the importance of trust.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7).
God is fully aware of what’s going on, knew it before we were even born, and is not surprised by any of it.
At Timothy Plan, we take the long view, knowing that the only thing that lasts forever is
God’s Word, “which shall never pass away.”
America, like Europe, is seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases, but we also see vaccines on the horizon and impressive gains in the private/public partnership to fight the epidemic.
Given that we’re nearing winter, it’s unlikely the virus will recede to where we can dispense with masks and social distancing. Nonetheless, the economy is showing strong signs of recovery. It’s important not to give in to the panic mentality fostered by the sensationalist media.
Timothy Plan founder and CEO Art Ally, who counseled his fellow citizens and investors in March not to surrender to worry, reiterates that advice here:
“People sometimes ask me how I can stay so calm when the markets are in flux or something else out there is scaring everybody,” he said. “It’s not that I’m particularly brave. I just know Who’s in charge. And it’s not me. If I do my part, He will do His part. It’s not that complicated.”
As believers, we find calmness, peace and hope when we put our full trust in the Lord.
Not Just Waiting It Out
One silver lining to the pandemic is that with all the cancellations and closings, many of us have more time to read and study God’s Word, to pray more diligently and to listen to Bible teaching.
And, it’s always a good idea to periodically review our investments and finances. Timothy Plan has long advised individual investors and small business owners to work with financial planners.
“For Christians, it helps immensely to have a biblically-centered advisor who understands the concept of stewardship – that God owns everything and that we are merely stewards of what He has provided,” said Ally.
On the health front, we should continue to take reasonable precautions to avoid exposure or to put at risk those who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with serious underlying health conditions. We should eat well and exercise.
One thing we shouldn’t do is check our cell phones for election bulletins or market reports many times during the day or just before turning in at night. It won’t change a thing except to induce anxiety. It’s so much healthier to take the Apostle Paul’s advice:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phil.4:8)
With that in mind, let’s trust God, keep calm and carry on.
(Robert Knight is a writer for Timothy Partners, Ltd. He is a regular weekly columnist for The Washington Times, Townhall.com, OneNewsNow and others. His latest book is “A Nation Worth Fighting For: 10 Steps to Restore Freedom.”)
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