“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalms 91:1)
In the face of the pandemic, many are feeling anxious or stressed about COVID-19. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are completely normal during times like this. In these stressful times, we can find peace and rest in the Lord. For “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1). In whatever troubles we face today, God is the place of refuge we can run to. He is our safe place.
We face growing fear and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We might strive to survive on our own. We forget that what we need most is God’s protection and the comfort of His presence. God is our source of protection, strength, and peace during unknown times. His protection and peace are freely available to those who love Him and walk under His covering.
When we cannot hold on to the security of this world, we need to hold on to our faith. Faith must endure trials. We must trust God when all else fails. When it is hopeless, remember what Jesus told Jairus, the father of the deceased girl, “Do not be afraid; only believe” (Mark 5:36). But if you are still afraid, simply look up and say, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you” as David did in Psalm 56:3.
When disturbing things come our way, remember to take heed and be quiet. Calm our hearts and take the situation as a whole and not in pieces. God knows that we are suffering. He is only a prayer away. The Lord is our strength, but it is up to us to find that strength through prayer and communion with God. When we draw near to Him, He gives us His assurance of His presence, bringing calm and peace into our hearts and minds.
Do not look ahead to the changes and challenges of the pandemic in fear. Instead, as they happen, look at them with full assurance that God will deliver us. Either He will shield us from harm or He will give us His unwavering strength that we may bear it. Be at peace then, and set aside all anxious thoughts and worries. God will provide for His children as they seek His help through prayers. God desires to provide for our total well-being – spiritually, physically, and mentally (3 John 2).