If you are like me you are so tired of talk about the virus and pandemic. I want this to be over and done with, but that won’t happen for a while. Instead, I have the opportunity to learn patience, trust in God, and depend on His timing.
The one aspect that bothers me most about the world situation is the fear I see in people. I want to say I am not afraid. I am not hoarding in case the virus gets bad. I don’t want to give in to that sort of fear and dependency on worldly things. Instead, I want to be wise, but I also want to depend fully on God. With that in mind I’d like to share some scriptures with you that I find comforting, and also a gift from me to you.
“But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” Isaiah 43:1-3a (NKJV)
I love this passage in Isaiah. I am reminded that no matter what happens, no matter how terrifying life gets, God is there. He is with me. He will walk me through. I have no reason to fear as long as I am His.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.” Psalm 91:1-6 (NKJV)
When I abide in the Lord, when I shelter under His wings and in His presence, I need not fear what is happening around me. I don’t even need to fear the “perilous pestilence.” That is good to know right now.
Does this mean I won’t get the virus? Not at all. But, even if I do get the virus I have no need to fear. I try to always remember that God holds my life in His hands. If it is not my time to die, nothing on this earth can kill me. On the other hand, if it is my time to die, nothing here can keep me alive. Only God knows that time.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
I love the idea of having a sound mind. Not thought processes driven by fear that is rampant in the world today, but a mind that trusts wholly in God. There is great power and rest in having that kind of love and a sound mind. I pray each of you strives for a relationship that will yield power, love, and a sound mind, and reject fear.
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