There is so much we can worry about with this pandemic on the move.
One secular website has an article entitled, “Waiting and Worrying.” So many people seem to be caught in this rut of thought, in all the various degrees of fear all the way to panic. It is so easy to have our fears run away with us…when will it end? Will we follow the course of China and Italy? Who and how many will die? Will our children be safe? Can our hospitals and healthcare facilities really provide care for all who are infected? Will we have enough money to survive as long as it will last? Will I have a job through it all? What will our new normal look like?
Brothers and sisters, here is where our confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ kicks in so well. Our God’s Word speaks to us in Philippians 4:6-7:
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7
Did you catch that? “Don’t worry!” It’s a command for the believer. And present your requests to God! … that’s also a command.
Here is the Apostle Paul writing this while sitting in a Roman prison, not sure he will ever get out. He may spend the rest of his life in that rat hole, and even die there! Paul could spend his days worrying about the future, but he shows a perspective and a faith this world knows nothing of. His focus is not on his outward circumstances…it’s on His almighty God who reigns over all the earth and over everything that touches every one of us.
Besides lifting up his soul to His sovereign Lord in praise and prayer, he spends his time sharing the Gospel so that it rings throughout the prison and reaches throughout the palace of the Roman king. Let’s pray for ways we can communicate the life-transforming Gospel, especially to our family and neighbors, during this time as never before!
Did you notice what Paul said in the two verses before this one? “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.”
That is why we can rejoice during this infectious pandemic with all the uncertainties of life, and pray with confidence about everything…because the Lord is near us.
He’s got us in the hollow of His hand (John 10:28). So, brothers and sisters, there is an unimaginable peace to be had for every one of us…it is in that very Great and very Good Shepherd of ours, the Lord Jesus Christ.
If we stay in communion with Him, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. His presence and His power make all that can plague our hearts and minds to turn from focusing on the stumbling blocks of this pandemic into seeing them as stepping stones enabling us to glorify our wonderful God and enjoy Him every day for the rest of our lives.
Let’s trust in the Lord, and not be afraid! (Isaiah 12:2)
We know that all things, right here right now, are working together for our good and for our Savior’s glory (Romans 8:28).
And since many of us have some extra time on our hands, it would be good to use it to memorize Philippians 4:4-9 and Isaiah 12:1-6, and let His Word inform and shape our prayers before the throne of grace. That’s where incredible peace and joy can be known! It has been said: let’s feed our faith, not our fears!