Prayer is the key for us as believers. We need to be more diligent now than ever to pray for our family, community, nation, and planet. As we pray through the crisis, I believe God will use the situation to bring us closer to Him as well as touch the hearts of those who are far from Him.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
We’re standing in the middle of troubled times. The Coronavirus is a globally spreading pandemic, affecting people from every continent and every walk of life. The young, the old, and every in-between is at risk.
It’s easy to panic in this place. Maybe you find yourself tempted to hoard supplies, anxiously watching the news, or fretting over all the horrible things that could happen to you and your loved ones.
These are natural and normal human reactions to chaotic moments. But just because panic is a tempting reaction doesn’t make it your only choice. There’s another option that you may be tempted to overlook—peace.
What Is Peace?
Often, we think of peace as a delightful blessing that we happen to stumble upon every now and again. Maybe you felt peace when you took a day off in the middle of the week to go spend time at the beach or when you heard the news that a loved one’s cancer hasn’t returned.
But peace isn’t just an unexpected blessing.
It’s also a choice.
Peace is something we can choose to walk in, even in the middle of the Coronavirus. Even in the face of a global pandemic. Even when we fear losing our jobs. Even when we worry about feeding our families.
How Can We Find Peace in Moments Like These?
It starts with turning your eyes to the throne of God. In Psalm 47:8, the Psalmist proclaimed, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.”
Just as these words were true over 2,000 years ago, they’re still true today. God is still on the throne. He still reigns.
Pause to meditate on that truth for just a moment, friend. Despite the chaos, pain, and heartbreak we are encountering in the world today, God maintains absolute control.
Where Is God Right Now?
In Matthew 10:29, Jesus proclaims, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
You are precious to God. He knit your cells together. He chose the color of your eyes and picked the type of pair you’d have. He loves your heart and delights in the sound of your laughter.
In the middle of chaos, it’s easy to forget these facts. It’s tempting to believe that God is distant, but He’s never been closer to you. He loves you, and He loves those you love.
Does God Care about the Coronavirus Outbreak?
Matthew 14:14 reads, “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
When Jesus came to earth, one of the marks of His ministry was His healing power over every disease and disability. He healed in many ways. Each miracle was different than the others. His compassion for the sick and hurting remained consistent.
He still cares deeply about every ache you have, the cold you may be batting, and every time we get the flu or a virus. Make no mistake – He cares!
What Can I Do to Share My Faith?
You are standing in the middle of a wonderful opportunity to share your faith. Never before have people been more desperate for words of encouragement and hope.
You can sow seeds of love and grace by being kind to those around you (including those you encounter in the grocery store and those walking down your neighborhood street).
You can show Christ’s love by refusing to hoard supplies or even better by sharing your resources with those who don’t have any. You can share God’s peace by choosing to remember God’s care and provision in times past. He has done it before and He is faithful to do it again.