It’s all around us. The fear, chatter and uncertainty. How can we focus on something else? As we’re separated from family and friends and life continues to change, scary thoughts can slip in.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this blog, we give you 5 ways to focus on the Lord during the pandemic.
Here are 5 faith tools that are more powerful than Covid-19:
- Casting Your Cares
Let go of control. I know, I know – it’s easier said than done, but you can rest in knowing the Lord has a plan for each of us.
How about we make a deal? We can control the little things, and let God control the big things.
A lot of the unsettling emotions that we all have right now come from a loss of control. Through this pandemic, we’ve all lost control of the world as we knew it.
Many are losing control of their employment status. Or losing control of typical daily activities. Most have lost control of the ability to go out to the store, or park, or favorite restaurants. Schools are closed, meaning kids are at home. Gyms and social escapes have closed their doors. Even church buildings are temporarily closed.
Losing control of our plan can be a pretty scary thing. But, the exciting news is that the Lord’s plan is for good! He tells us precisely that. His plan is GOOD. Being able to relinquish control to God is a brave and beautiful thing!
The Lord promises us hope in his plan for us in Jeremiah:
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”Jeremiah 29:11, NLT
Sometimes courage is big and bold (like David standing up to Goliath). Other times, courage looks like surrendering your strength because you know God is stronger.
Becoming vulnerable and asking God for help is what He wants. He is our Heavenly Father, after all. Parents, wouldn’t you do anything to help your children? This is the same way God sees you.
God is All-Powerful, All-Knowing, and Ever Present. He is always with us, as we see in Deuteronomy:
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT
Change is weird. It can feel funky and just uncomfortable. I like to think of these times as a “transformational stage.” Change is always a challenge, especially if change is imposed on us. Even change that is good can be hard.
I encourage you to think about a time in your life where change occurred. It probably felt clumsy and painful at the time. However, I bet you could pull multiple life lessons from that transformational stage that has made you wiser.
There are many stories in the bible about people who were blessed on the other side of pain.
Abraham, for example, was asked by God to leave everything he knew and move to a far-away land. Imagine how Abraham felt. However, God promised him blessings on blessings.
“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing… and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”Genesis 12:1-3 ESV
4. Casting Your Cares
As we all navigate life during a pandemic, it can become very easy to dwell in the news that creates anxiety. However, God wants us to dwell in Him, and not the worries of the world.
It’s easier said than done, but God truly does not want us to live in a state of anxiety or worry. He tells us to give the burden to Him. Here are some practical ways to cast your cares onto Him:
- As soon as you hear concerning thoughts pop into your head, get rid of them! Choose not to let the negative thoughts hijack your feelings.
- Find a prayer buddy. Almost like a “gym partner,” but better! With your prayer buddy, you can hold each other accountable and share God’s message together. God encourages us to stick together with other Believers. Pray for each other.
- Guard your heart. The bible tells us to wear a helmet of confidence of our salvation. Helmets sit right on our head/ brain. Protect your head and heart from news written to alarm and make you nervous. Helmets also cover our ears. Protect your ears from evil.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”1 Peter 5:7 NLT
In these trying times, it may be easy to lose sight of our Savior, Jesus Christ. However;
- He is the Strongest.
- He is the most Powerful.
- He is in control.
During this time, we encourage you to draw closer to Christ. Or, spread the good word and love to others. I am encouraged to think about how many people will draw closer to Christ during this “transformational stage.”
Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope that you can take these 5 “tools” of strength and use them in your daily life.
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