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Welcome! Welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every week, I join a few blogging friends to bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these devotionals help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you.
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.Psalm 34:4, KJV
It is mid-March and we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Many communities around the country – and the world – are encouraging “social distancing”. Many places of employment have closed, shifting those who are able into working remotely. Schools around the country have also closed, either temporarily or for the rest of the school year.
Many stores have bare shelves, forcing people to travel to multiple stores on the hunt for basic necessities. Some cities with larger outbreaks of COVID-19 are warning that shelter in place orders may be coming in the next few days. The number of confirmed cases will be increasing dramatically as a new wave of test kits are sent out.
This can be very overwhelming.
Seek the Lord
Our generation has not face a global heath crisis of this magnitude before. It is new to use and scary. With our modern world of 24/4 news coverage and the Internet at our fingertips, we are blessed with having access to information in real-time. We are also cursed with information-overload, exposure to hysteria, and the daunting task of having to vet our sources to weed out false information meant to spread panic and fear.
Having fear is a valid response to what we are facing, but we need to be careful that this fear does not prevent us from living. Psalm 34:4 encourages us to seek out the Lord when we are afraid. “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
If you are struggling right now with worry, anxiety, or fear, take it to the Lord in prayer. Take all of your worries to Him (1 Peter 5:7) and He will give you a calming peace. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Things you can do
Also, find out what is triggering your anxiety and fears. Is it watching too much news coverage? Or scrolling through your preferred social media? Is it reading articles online? Try these things instead:
- Turn off the television.
- Give yourself a time-limit on browsing social media.
- Charge your phone or mobile device in a different room.
- Put your mobile device away or out-of-sight.
- If you are able to, go outside for fresh air and sunlight. If you cannot, open blinds to let sunlight in and open your windows for fresh air.
- Again if you can, take a walk.
- Put your favorite worship music or instrumental music on.
- Spend time with your family – but not talking about the pandemic. Watch a funny movie. Make dinner together. Play old-fashion board games. Do a family Bible study. ([truth]link is a great one online for teens and adults. My Place With Jesus is a great option for kids.)
- Do something to help you relax. Read your favorite book. Take a warm bath. Drink a cup of soothing tea. Write in your journal.
Prepare our hearts and minds
Most importantly, spend time with God in prayer and Bible study. God loves you more than you can possibly imagine. The apostle John gently reminds us: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” (1 John 4:18)
Because of His love of us, Jesus warned:
“See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.Matthew 24:4-8, ESV
As Christians, we have been waiting for a time such as this. It is because we love and trust Him – the Creator of the universe who knows every hair on our head (Matthew 10:30) and knows the beginning from the end (Isaiah 46:10) – that we can face what comes, and our fears, with confidence.
“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady, he will not be afraid,” Psalm 112:7-8
May the peace of God comfort you and keep you during this challenging time.
What verse has touched your heart this week? Share in the comments below!
Be sure to also visit my fellow bloggers and read their encouragement for your Thursday as well:
- Trisha of Joy of Reading
- Nicole of The Christian Fiction Girl
- Jessica of A Baker’s Perspective
- Becca of The Becca Files
- Gina of Stories by Gina
- Rev. Rebecca Writes
- Andi of Radiant Light
- Leslie of Words of Hope
- Claudia of By Claudia Moser
- Keneesha of Women Loving God’s Way
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