“Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure, feasting on his faithfulness” – Psalm 37:3 (TPT).
It has been 44 days since the first confirmed Coronavirus case was reported in the United States and in those 44 days, things have gotten progressively worse as the headlines indicate:
“Stock Market Bloodbath.”
“Anxiety grips companies across the world as layoffs explode.”
“Over one million people have contacted the Coronavirus despite worldwide efforts at containment.”
The fear and worry over this virus is legitimate, palpable, and warranted. The anxiety is real. And the future is unknown. But isn’t it always? The question is how do we cope with the worries, fears and the unknowns during and after the pandemic. Hopefully, as we deal with this crisis, we are forgetting God in the process. In this moment of global pandemic, don’t be so dominated by fear and worry that we we forget about the One who Isaiah writes about in chapter 40: “Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth … He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand…Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” (Isaiah 40: 12, 15,25-29)
As you look horizontally, things seem entirely out of control. But when you look vertically, this world is under careful supervision. That is not to diminish the real threat of the coronavirus. I can’t claim to understand why we are facing a pandemic at this time. Until we’re on the other side, we may never fully understand why God would allow this trouble to enter our lives. But we know who God is. We know what He can do. We know what He has promised. We know that He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
It is all-too-easy and all-too-human to let worry and fear grow bigger than God. Like the disciples, we follow Jesus during everyday life, but what happens when a storm appears out of nowhere and threatens to swamp us? (Matthew 8:23-27) How do we view Jesus? As a man who doesn’t understand the danger of the situation? Or as God who reigns over all the earth? Our perspective changes everything.
- Since worrying is a learned behavior, how do you believe it can be unlearned?
- What can we do to eliminate some of the worry and fear surrounding the Coronavirus this week?