Fear: Will things ever get back to normal again? How will the bills get paid while I’m out of work? How will I feed my family? What if this virus just keeps coming, wave after wave? Why do the symptoms of this virus keep multiplying? Does anyone really know what to expect? What if someone does come up with a treatment? Will it work? What if it doesn’t work for me? And the questions just keep multiplying.
Worry: What does the future look like? Will schools ever reopen to full capacity? Will it be safe to send our children back to school? If not, how will they get an education if I have to work? Where will my children be while I’m at work—if I get to go back?
Frustration: Why can’t anyone agree on the symptoms, the prognoses, the best way to avoid this dread virus? Why doesn’t someone do something?
There is so much information, and so much disinformation, so much false information. Who should we believe?
I don’t know the answers to those questions, but this one thing I do know: “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of love, and of power, and of a strong mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
God knew we would have problems. They are part of life for everyone. No one is immune to problems. But Jesus said in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus said in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
But this peace is not automatic. We first must cry out to Him (God the Father), realize that we are sinners (Romans 3:1-12); we must be genuinely sorry for our sins, realize that there is nothing we can do to deserve Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross (Ephesians 2:8, 9); we must acknowledge that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, that He willingly died on the cross for our sins (thus paying our sin debt); and that He (Jesus) was crucified, dead, and buried, and rose again the third day, victorious over sin and death. Thank God for sending Jesus to take our punishment so we could go free. We need to ask God to forgive us, and help us to live in a manner that is pleasing to Him.
Jesus has been my best friend over forty years. I have never regretted asking Him to forgive me and make me His child. There have been some turbulent times, but I have never been worried or afraid for long periods of time. I’ve had moments during storms when the winds were high and rocking the motorhome, but prayer has always calmed me. If I die I know I’m going to a better place than this earth. My God has sustained me through many crises, and helped me cope with the deaths of my parents and a younger brother. He made my marriage come alive when my husband had given up. He sustained me and strengthened me during those months when my husband had to be away while he was in the military and I had to care for the children by myself (when we were away from family). And there have been many more instances.
Why not trust Him today? What do you have to lose? You don’t have to give up anything. That would be like taking a bath before you get cleaned up. Once you fall in love with God and His Son, Jesus, He will do the cleaning up: slowly, a little at a time. He never gives us more than we can handle.