CBU Dean of Spiritual Life encourages Lancer community to look to the attributes of God for comfort during COVID-19 crisis
Riverside, Calif. (March 26, 2020) – As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people at home and causes uncertainty, people should not get trapped in a cycle of “what if?” scenarios, said Dr. John Montgomery, dean of Spiritual Life at California Baptist University.
“Instead, we must first and immediately go to the truth of God’s word, the Bible and focus on who God is in his nature and character,” Montgomery said. “While God never promises that we will never experience trials, He does promise that He will never leave or forsake those who are his.”
CBU is transitioning all traditional undergraduate and graduate academic programs to remote instruction in response to guidelines from public health authorities. For those who are struggling during this time, Montgomery encourages them to remember that they are not alone.
“God has not left you,” he said. “Sometimes, God is near through his people who can offer assistance to meet your needs. Be bold and reach out for help.”
In spite of the many changes in people’s lives, Montgomery said people have the chance to grow personally and serve others in the current environment.
“We have an opportunity to rely on and trust God more deeply. It is difficult times like this that allow us to increase our faith and trust,” he said. “Second, opportunities are all around us to serve others.”
Lastly, Christians have the opportunity to exhibit Christ and the gospel in their speech, attitude and demeanor, he added.
“People are riddled with anxiety right now,” Montgomery said. “You have the opportunity to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) so that Jesus will be seen as you walk among others. Show them the peace that transcends which guards your hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7) by smiling at them. And be ready to give an answer for your hope (1 Peter 3:15).”