Peace In A Pandemic

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord Jehovah, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” – Isaiah 26:3

What do people need right now?  Today?  April 14, 2020? 

PEACE.

Peace of mind.  Peace in the heart and emotions.  Peace.

If you read the paper, watch the news, go on-line, talk to people, or go to Wal-Mart to buy toilet paper . . . you know the word of the hour . . . Coronavirus.  You know what it means and what it can do.  And that word pierces the heart of many people with fear.

Life as we know it has been put on hold. 

Graduations cancelled. 

Weddings re-scheduled

Schools closed

Funerals not allowed, except for graveside services. 

Church services cancelled

Doors of businesses locked, so that we must drive through at the fast food restaurant, the pharmacy, and the bank.  Restaurant and grocery deliveries are up.  

The price of gas is down.  But there will be no vacations.  We’ve been told to stay home.

We’ve added new phrases to our vocabulary . . . self-isolation . . . social distancing.  Stand six feet apart in public; no more than ten people in the same room; wear masks if you have to go out in public to buy food or medicine; if possible, just stay home!

And every day the dreaded news comes forth announcing the new death toll, local and worldwide.  Coronavirus.  Covid-19.  Pandemic.

How can we help being fearful?  The lifestyle changes to try and slow down the virus are an inconvenience to everybody and a loss of income to many.  The threat of getting the virus and being deathly ill for weeks . . . the threat of dying from the virus . . . these things are hanging over us like a guillotine waiting to fall and cut off our heads.

Fear strikes the heart and sends shivers down the spine.

How can we get control of the fear, so it doesn’t have control of us?

The only thing that helps me when I am fearful is to take my mind off the source of my fear and aim my thoughts toward God. 

As the verse above says, God will keep us in perfect peace as long as our thoughts are on Him, because when we focus on God . . . His faithfulness . . . His goodness . . . His love . . . His power . . . our faith and trust in Him increases. 

Just as a magnifying glass increases the size and focus of whatever it is centered on, our perception of God increases as we focus on Him . . . and other things fade into the background.

It takes conscious effort on my part.  I choose to trust in God’s sovereignty over every situation in life.  One of the verses I quote to myself when fear tries to sneak into my mind is Psalm 56:3-4: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?”

If you are battling fear today because of the pandemic or for any other reason, point your spiritual magnifying glass toward God.  Concentrate on Him and His attributes.  As you read His Word and pray. . . as you keep your thoughts on Him . . . God will cover you with His peace that surpasses all understanding.

“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.” – Philippians 4:6-7

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