By: Carole L. Haines
It is April 2020, and I am writing this right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was off work for three weeks, with pay by God’s Grace. I am working in teams at my job, so I will only be working 1 week out of every three. It’s crazy to think how much the world has changed in just one month. Who’d have ever thought we would have a global pandemic in the 21st Century. With all our High-Tech equipment and the seemingly endless amount of knowledge and advancements we have achieved in the Medical field just over the last Century, you’d think we’d be able to say, “We got this!” But we don’t and we can’t.
We are brought to our knees by a tiny, minuscule virus that is wreaking havoc on our world. But for those of us who are believers, there is a sense of the over-reaching arc of the Arm of God. We are under His protection, His Sovereignty and His care. During what is making so much of the world panic, we have peace, or at least we should, because our God really is in control and we can trust Him in everything. I have not felt much fear amid this. Frustration, Isolation, yes! But not really fear, and that’s amazing for a woman who has struggled with anxiety most of her life.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
I always say that this verse is the only Promise in the Bible most people wouldn’t put in one of those promise books so many authors compile from the Bible. But His peace in tribulation and the fact that He has already overcome all that we may face is so soothing to the soul. Tribulation demands courage, and Jesus is calling us to that. But it’s the courage to have His peace amid this tribulation, peace in the face of such uncertainty in this life. This is a trying time for us all, but especially for those who do not have access to the peace of God that passes all understanding and will guard our heart and mind forever in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
I am just amazed and how deeply His peace soaks down into our soul by constantly feeding ourselves with His Word. His Word has come to me again and again amid this crisis, calming me, reassuring me, easing any fears. If you are a believer and are finding yourself afraid in this crisis, run to His Word. He will lead you in it to the Scriptures that will calm your soul. Turn off that TV, all that news, and come away to His Word and find His amazing, calming, life-giving peace.
If you are not a Believer in Jesus, now is time, today is the day of Salvation. God is calling to You amid this tribulation and helping you see your need for Him. This lack of control in the world is countered by God’s over-reaching Arc of Protection. Come under that protection, admit your need for God. Come to the Savior of the world and sit at his feet as He speaks to You amid all the clamor and fear rampaging through the world today. We are all sinners in need of a Savior, all of us. Admit your need for God, for a Savior and You will find Him so faithful. Come to Jesus today.