When I started my broadcasting venture in 2012, I used current events and Scripture to build my shows. The topics varied from the election to whatever else came to my mind to talk about. The show grew into syndication and is now a 24/7 internet radio station playing gospel music. I used my time at the mic to teach brief messages and even teach/preach a little. One show topic that I never forgot was “This Crisis Is Not Cause for Alarm.” I do not remember what current event the show was about or what verse I taught (though I’m almost sure it was Mark, Chapter Four). The onset of the Coronavirus outbreak caused me to revisit that thought.

Though I wanted to revisit that show, I was not led to do so. After some time in prayer, I had a clear idea of what I wanted to say. I initially planned to do this as part of my “Quarantine Conversations” video series, but what I initially perceived as procrastination proved to be preparation for this book. I could not quite bring myself to record. I kept writing and I later planned a presentation from my book, “The Journey to Genesis: A Discovery of Your Created Purpose,” to help people cope with the pandemic.  Still, there was no green light for the new content. I was unsure of what was going on until one night in prayer I heard that I needed to write this book and soon after, those unused presentations were chapters in this book.

The Coronavirus crisis is on pace to join the ranks of the world’s worst events. This pandemic and its impact on global systems is reminiscent of the pandemic flu of 1918, which in a short span of fewer than two years, claimed nearly fifty million lives worldwide. Currently, there is no cure for the Coronavirus, nor are there any viable treatments available universally. You can imagine the fear, terror, and dread this is causing as the death toll and the number of new infections increases daily. Many do not have to look any further than social media to see the real damage this virus is taking on humanity. Death and desolation are everywhere. Many victims spend their last moments alone, isolated from other patients in the hospital, with many families barred from even entering the hospital.

Remember, the Times!

We are in a crisis, but we are not alone. Considering the alarming rates at which this virus is spreading, it is impossible to overlook the impact of its unbridled havoc. There’s no denying it, we’re in a crisis, but do not forget that Christ is with us! When the disciples found themselves in a crisis on the sea of Galilee, they discovered Jesus asleep in the hinder part of the ship. Why wasn’t He worried? The better question I can think of is, why wasn’t He even awake? In reading more about this journey, I discovered something that I would like to share in this book. As you read, my prayer is that you are comforted by the reminders from Scripture’s shared in each chapter. Additionally, we must discern this time (Luke 12:56) to get a clearer picture of why the Lord is allowing such things to happen.

Jesus promised never to leave us, and times of crisis don’t nullify His promises. That is when we should lean on Him more than ever. No, this crisis isn’t cause for alarm (fear or dread), but with it, we sound the alarm to discern the times we are currently experiencing. I pray that you are encouraged and enlightened as you journey through this book. Never fear, the Lord is with us!

I’ve seen the lightning flashing, and heard the thunder roll.

I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing, trying to conquer my soul;

I’ve heard the voice of Jesus telling me still to fight on:

He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.

No, never alone, no, never alone.

He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.

No, never alone, no, never alone –

He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.

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This Crisis Is Not Cause for Alarm, But It Is Time to Sound the Alarm Copyright © 2020 by Fred Willis. All Rights Reserved.

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