Peace in Troubling Times

April 2020

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Most people living in this country, or the world for that matter, have never experienced anything like we are experiencing today. These first few months of 2020 have been frightening to say the least.

   Our lifestyles have changed quickly and drastically. Isolation, social distancing, and working from home are now the norm. We meet people wearing facemasks when we do venture outside.

   People are suffering. They are sick. They’ve lost their jobs. They’ve lost loved ones. Many are having difficulty finding food and basic supplies. Some are experiencing loneliness and anxiety.

   All is not lost. There is still hope!

   Jesus was speaking with his disciples during the last supper when he said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me” (John 14:1).  He discussed a number of things with them before he said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

   God is in control. He’s got this!

   Jesus taught a crowd of people, and it still applies today, that we shouldn’t worry in Matthew 6:25-34. It’s a long passage so I’ll paraphrase. Jesus tells us not to worry about the things in our lives but to trust that God will take care of us. Our heavenly Father feeds the birds and clothes the grass of the field. He will take care of you. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”(Matthew 6:27) “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

   So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

   God loves and protects us. He is a loving Father who wants what is best for His children. He sent Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our own sin. He loves us and wants us to be near him.

   I suggest that you follow all of the guidelines that have been put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Pray for yourselves and your loved ones. Let our heavenly Father handle the rest.

   Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me (Psalm 23:4).  I will fear no evil or virus because God, my Father, is with me.

   May the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way (2 Thessalonians 3:16). The peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

   The Lord may already be part of your life. Trust him. Place everything in His hands. If you don’t know the Lord, turn to Him. He is in control of everything not just this pandemic. He is our loving Father who holds our hands at all times, including times of trouble.

   I pray and will continue to pray that this troubling time will soon end. May the peace of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The scripture quoted in this blog post are from the New International Version of the Holy Bible.

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