In the last few days, our world has been flooded with frightening news about the coronavirus epidemic. It’s an unprecedented crisis that seems to be shutting down nations by the day. But in a world that’s literally changing by the hour, we need to focus on the one unchangeable Truth: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
It’s an overwhelming battle we’re fighting. As every aspect of our life changes so hastily, it’s easy to get steeped in fear and worry. If you’re like me, and you’ve felt the need to read or watch the news all day, I encourage you to redirect that time and energy. Give it to God, instead. Now is a time to pray. Now is a time to meditate on His Word and cling to His promises.
Here are 5 promises that will help us as we journey through this valley.
1. We have victory through Him.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world ( Jn. 16:33).
2. Pray and seek Him.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land ( 2 Chron. 7:14).
3. He is with us. Always.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’ (Isa. 41:10).
4. Trusting in Him yields perfect peace.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You (Isa. 26:3).
5. Rest in Him.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psa. 46:10).
One final reminder: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). In disorienting times, we need our Heavenly anchor. In a world that’s in disarray, we need a courageous church! Take heart, friends!