Especially given the current coronavirus pandemic, it is important to do what we can to be safe; not only for ourselves but also for others – especially those who are at higher risk.
Just two weeks ago my husband spent several days in the intensive care unit at Mayo hospital and things were very serious. Fortunately, he is doing really well. However, he is certainly considered high risk for a virus like this one – yet we both have a peace that is hard to explain. (John 14:27, Acts 7:9-10)
You see this current trial is more than just a viral pandemic, it’s a spiritual battle. However there’s good news; God is victorious. Keeping in mind that this is not a surprise to God, nor is it a problem for Him, we can be at peace rather than worrying and being afraid.
In Ephesians 6:10-18, God makes it clear how we’re to clothe ourselves – the armor that’s available to each one of us:
- The belt of truth
- The breastplate of righteousness
- Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace
- The shield of faith – with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
- The helmet of salvation
- The sword of the spirit – which is the Word of God.
- Pray, in the Spirit – and be alert and keep on praying for all the Lord’s people
In the midst of focusing on washing hands and remaining at home as much as possible (which are really wise things to do), we can fail to do the single most effective thing of all – to put our trust in God. (John 3:16)
Have you ever noticed that what you focus on expands? It’s true and God says it this way, you reap what you sow. (Galatians 6:7-9) So what is your biggest focus this week: the fear of this virus or your faith in God?
I believe the wisest choice we can make is to spend more time studying God’s Word than we do watching the network news. Do not let your hearts be troubled and put your trust in God. (John 14:1-3)
*Pictured here are two of my best friends whose dedication to prayer and studying God’s Word have been a tremendous blessing – to me, my family and the entire Wholehearted Living community. Never underestimate the power of prayer. It can move mountains and viruses too. (Matthew 21:21)