Many people today are having trouble with the fine line between caution and panic.
It’s natural to be concerned about the virus. It’s good to be prepared and make sure your family will have all they need during this uncertain time. However, if you are living your life for Jesus, and you still find yourself pushing the panic button, you can gain some perspective by looking at this verse from the prophet Isaiah:
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:2b
Take a second and reread that verse. Soak it in for a moment. This verse reminds us that God makes the best of everything available to us.
What this verse means
When I read this verse, it all but screamed at me. We can apply these words to the reality of living in a world with Coronavirus.
At the time Isaiah wrote this verse, it referred to the time when God’s people would leave their captivity in Babylon. It showed them that despite the current crisis, there would be an end to it and a return to freedom and blessing.
In just one verse, God gave the people three instructions; to listen diligently, eat what is good, and delight in the abundance.
Listen diligently was a reminder to hear God’s words, understand what they meant, and then do what God expected them to do.
Eat what is good commanded the people to choose what they put in not only their bodies through physical eating, but also into their spirits by choosing the things they dwell upon.
Delighting in the abundance asked the people to avoid any negative attitudes. No negative assumptions or looking for problems that may or may not even exist. Instead, they were to enjoy the blessings of God.
Today we face a crisis, and we may feel scared, hopeless, or anxious. Maybe a little, or maybe a lot. Consider these commands of God as you react to the things you experience each day.
Listen to God’s words that remind you that He is in control. We can trust Him with everything, even in days of uncertainty. Keep scriptures at the forefront of your mind instead of doomsday predictions.
Here are some great verses about fear that will calm your spirit. Put one (or all) of these verses on a card and read it over and over. Set reminders that pop up on your phone to read them. If you know how, create graphics for your computer or phone screen, so you see a verse every time you open them
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Eat What is Good
If the things you hear on the news are causing you to be anxious or doubt that God is in control, stop watching. Stay off social media if the people on your feed are posting things that feed your fear.
You may not be able to stop the thoughts from coming in, but you can decide that they are not going to stay there. There’s an old saying that is useful in this situation. You can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from building a nest in your hair.
Delight in the Abundance
The things of the world should not overshadow the gifts of God. The things of God are eternal, and the virus is temporary. Even the consequences of the virus are temporary. We need to rejoice in what God has for us and keep a positive mindset about the future.
Don’t focus on uncertainty and scary events. Instead, look for ways to be a blessing. Help your neighbors. Share with your friends. Yes. Even if they need toilet paper!
Remember, none of this is a surprise to God. Do you think He looked down a week ago and said, “Oh, this is out of control. What am I going to do?” Of course, He didn’t.
God knew the virus was coming before we did, and He knows how everything will work out in the end. He sees where your health will be. He knows what condition your finances will be in. Yet, He has a way for you. He makes mountains move, and giants fall. He can take care of you during this crisis.
In this time of stress, do not turn away from your spouse. Make a conscious effort to work as a team to get through the next several weeks. Make a plan. Be honest with each other about your thoughts and feelings. And as always, if you need help, we are just an email or message away!