Today’s world is in chaos. There are so many things happening that can cause fear. Covid-19. Rioting. Shutdowns. Quarantine. Impeachment. Elections. Brexit. Wars. Wall Street. Olympics. Unemployment. Shortages. It’s enough to make anyone afraid.
“Suddenly, a fierce storm stuck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!‘” (Matthew 8:24-26 NLT)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
We have been exhorted to have peace. When we get upset–pray. When we worry–pray. When we feel like we’re drowning–pray. When we feel alone–pray. No matter where we are. No matter what we are doing. God is just a prayer away. I have peace in knowing that God is in control and He will look after me.
When Covid-19 started getting more widespread, I was concerned. The news stories and the horrors they were experiencing in places like Italy tended to raise my fear level. I kept telling myself that my life is in God’s hands. During the shutdown, I kept telling myself that my life is in God’s hands. Then, in May, my husband came down with Covid symptoms. Then a couple of days later, I also came down with Covid symptoms. I started to get fearful, but told myself that my life is in God’s hands. We only had symptoms for about a week and they were mild. The flu I had about 2 1/2 years ago was much worse. I had some kind of cold or respiratory virus last September. That was much worse than Covid-19. God is in control. My life always has been, is, and always will be in God’s hands. I have nothing to fear.
I understand the worry. Especially now that it is nearly time for schools to reopen. I understand the concern of the teachers and parents. I can also understand the frustration since the rules seem to change every day.
Give your fears and concerns to God. God knows what you need and your situation.
“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)
“…And be sure of this; I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NLT)
Keep your focus on Jesus, and the cares of this world will fade.