Happy spring everyone! We’ve finally made it past winter and the canal in the back of our house has finally unfrozen. The doves are back, the sun is out more often, and very springish days don’t seem too long from now. The last two days, we’ve had blue skies and lovely weather which has been perfect for walking out on a nearby trail. Let’s not forget to enjoy those nice spring days when we can–especially during this time of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty.
Instead of tackling a particular subject, I’d just like to get into some encouraging and assuring words from Scripture. If there is something we are going to need, it’s going to be the promises of Jesus as well as His comfort. I’d encourage us all to talk with our heavenly Father and cast our burdens on Him. He can carry us through these troubling times, and here are three comforts to remember during COVID-19.
1. The Lord is Our Refuge
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day (Psalm 91:1-16).
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:2).
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
When we’re stressed and filled with anxiety, let’s turn to God as our refuge and strength. He, not books, entertainment, work, or food, is the one we will find peace in. While it may be tempting to run to something else (which I am guilty of)to remedy our fears, He is our ultimate comforter and only One who can lift the heavy burdens from our shoulders. Why choose something that’s second-best?
2. God Offers Peace
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27).
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
God is the One who gives divine peace–the sort of peace that is beyond the comprehension of the world. The best part is that He freely offers this peace to His children and it is ours for the taking. Jesus never said that things would be easy, but He offered His amazing peace to help us through it. The peace of God is real, and it is always available for us.
3. God is With Us
Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me (Psalm 139: 7-10).
Not only does God offer peace, but He is also with us. Right now. It’s not as if He sent His Son to die for us and then left His people to fend for themselves after He ascended into heaven. Christ promises to always be with us. He is with us during this time, just as He has been with us in the past, and will be in the future. There is no “departure date” and we are blessedly “stuck” with Him.
I’d be wrong if I said this pandemic hasn’t changed things in my life, but it hasn’t changed God. He’s still here with us, still cares for us, and most importantly, He is still in control. He is our mighty fortress and refuge, He offers amazing peace, and is here with you, and me, right now. Most likely you’ve read something like this on social media or on another blog, but I think we continually need to be reminded of these truths. Sometimes we nod and say something like, “yea, I know this.” But do we believe it? Do we accept in our hearts, and ultimately, do we act on those truths?
Now, I’m not condemning anyone who’s been afraid or stressed. We aren’t immune to this, and it is a natural response. But, I also believe that there should be a notable distinction between Christians and non-believers during this period. Are we going to act like people who have no assurance, no peace, no God? Or, are we going to stand out against others as believers who are confident in His promises, who have a peace that others can’t fathom, and choose to rejoice and be glad because God is with us?
This is certainly a hard road we are walking this year, but we don’t have to walk it alone.
*If there is something you’d like me to pray for, feel free to drop it in the comments!