It seems hard to believe. Our lives have been turned upside down by a tiny virus. So many people are struggling with difficult circumstances. Perhaps someone you know is sick. Perhaps you’ve been furloughed. Perhaps you are in self-quarantine not knowing what to do. How are we supposed to cope with this Covid-19 crisis?
In these uncertain days, when nothing seems certain or stable, we must put our TRUST in God.
TRUST God even when things feel confusing, disappointing, and uncertain. One of my favorite Scriptures is Isaiah 26:3-4: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” This Almighty God created the world. He is all-powerful and sovereign, in control of everything that happens in our world and our lives. He made a way for your salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. So if this God be for you, who can be against you? Trust Him.
REACH out to others. In a crisis it is easy to be overcome by self-pity or fear and retreat. During these difficult times we have a very real opportunity to reach out to others in our neighborhoods and communities. Are you a follower of Jesus? Display His love and care for those in need around you.
UNDERSTAND that trials and crises impact all of us. Throughout human history there have been wars, disease, famine, natural disasters and economic depressions, yet we know that God is in control, working out His purposes. We may not understand His plans, but we can trust Him and know that we have a “living hope” (1 Peter 1:3-4) that allows us to look beyond dark days and uncertain times. Do you have this God-centered perspective?
STUDY the Word. During this time of lockdown and disruption you may find that you have extra time. Are you reading the Bible? Are you spending time in prayer? “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). Use this time to draw closer to God. Grow in His Word. Allow Him to reveal Himself to you and comfort you with His perfect peace. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a reading plan.
THANKFUL. Finally, be thankful. I realize there are many problems and difficulties in our lives, but don’t allow your circumstances to overwhelm you. Look around and give thanks for the gifts that God has given you. “The joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). You will be blessed and bless others by sharing the Lord’s hope and peace.
Would you like to learn more about “Trusting God in Tough Times”? Allow us to send you a free study guide with more information. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking for a place to worship online during these days on lockdown? We’d love to welcome you to Calvary Church. Visit calvarychurch.com or Calvary Facebook to connect!