A lot of things have been going on over the past few months. Life for most of us has changed drastically as a result of the coronavirus. People seem to be panicking and losing their heads over the whole thing. That’s understandable! Meeting anything so unknown, powerful and totally out of our control is frightening.
So how do we find comfort in all of this? How do we keep ourselves from constantly being afraid?
Here I’d like to share some things that I’ve found to be helpful during this whole thing. This isn’t a checklist to feeling perfectly fearless and safe (if only it was that easy, right?), but it is a way to avoid dwelling on the fear and uncertainty.
Read God’s Word.
I’ve been struck with how many verses there are in the bible that are either really comforting or really good things to remember during this time. Here are a few that have stood out to me:
Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
This verse is an amazing reminder to keep our thoughts from dwelling on the fear of our situation. Whenever we have thoughts that aren’t in line with this verse, we can know that those are not thoughts from God.
And your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning. And you would be secure, because there is hope. (Job 11:17-18)
This is one of my absolute favorite verses. Reading through, we’re reminded that although the future may seem dark and uncertain, there is hope at the end of this.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
I find this to be a very poetic verse. In addition to that, though, we see that God is an unchanging God. “There is no variation or shadow of turning”: while the world around us is constantly changing, we serve a God who will never change.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
This verse clearly says to be anxious for NOTHING. It’s not wrong to prepare if you’re worried about catching the virus, but the ultimate control still belongs to God, not us. If it’s his will that you get sick, you’re going to get sick. We can’t stop it from happening, so why worry about it?
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
God promises to give us peace. All we have to do is ask him for it and trust that he will fulfill his promises. (Psalm 145:13)
Read encouraging blog posts.
I’ve read a lot of great blog posts that have said some really good things on this subject. You can find the links below:
Listen To Encouraging Songs.
Music is a big part of my life and there are tons of encouraging songs out there! These songs are some great reminders:
Hero—Skillet (The music video that goes along with this is SO COOL, too!!!)
Those are a few ways to keep your mind off of the fear and focused on God’s truth and encouragement!
Have a great day! (And go look up those verses, blogs and songs… ;))