“Protect your Peace!”
“God is good!”
“He uses everything for good!”
As I scroll through all the these “inspirational” posts on social media this week I cannot help but feel the FEAR creep in. In a matter of days our lives have changed. Some of us have lost our jobs and our financial stability. Some of us continue to go to work and put ourselves at risk by doing so. Some of us are already compromised in our health and are having trouble staying in a safe place in our own minds.
I see these faith-filled posts and think, “Yeah, well, they probably have savings they put aside for emergencies. Or, they can work from home and continue to provide for their family. Or, they are super healthy and even if they get this virus they would only have mild symptoms.”
There are so many excuses I can give myself as to why their faith should be stronger then mine. But the truth is that my faith should NEVER rely on my circumstances. If I only have faith when life is easy, I don’t have faith.
Matthew 6:25-34 (TPT) says, Don’t Worry!
25 “This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?
26 “Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?
27 So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?
28 “And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil,
29 and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these!
30 So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?
31 “So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
32 For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?
33 “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.
34 Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time.Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
No matter what situation you find yourself in during this pandemic remember who God is. Remember all he takes care of and most of all remember all he has already done for you! Take some time out of your day today and turn off the news, set your phone down, and pick up your Bible. Find a scripture that speaks about God’s goodness, how he saved someone out of an impossible situation, how he provided when no one else could! Read it over and over until you feel your heart begin to rise above your head and then worship.
Out of all the inspirational posts I’ve seen this week my, favourite one read, “Don’t come out of this unchanged.” God may this time of chaos solidify in our hearts your goodness! May we never be the same.
by Jill Thornley
by Jill Thornley