Peace in Crisis
Have you ever noticed in the midst of tense situations in life that people like to make a joke about things? Right now there are a ton of great memes and jokes going around about the coronavirus. I’ve enjoyed most all of them and have shared a few on social media, too.
While jokes can be a great way to distract or ease our way into overwhelming circumstances, I do know that for many people the coronavirus pandemic is causing anxiety, uncertainty and fear. These are real emotions that can plague our mind. As followers of Jesus we know the Bible teaches us to not be fearful and to live with hope. However, that is often much easier said than done.
So how do we as followers of Jesus stand firm with a confident hope in the midst of a crisis? I believe Philippians 4:6-7 gives us a great process for us to follow:
“6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
You can experience God’s peace simply by praying. I know, that sounds way too simple, so let's break it down:
How can going to God in prayer provide the peace of God?
First, by going to God in prayer you are admitting your need for help in a situation that you cannot handle. You’re submitting yourself before God and placing your struggle on Him.
Secondly, you’ll be reminded of how God has answered your prayers in the past; most importantly how Jesus saved your life and transformed you from the person you were before you met Jesus.
Lastly, God is faithful to complete His promises. If you are trusting in Jesus and casting your fears and struggles upon Him, He will give you peace that exceeds understanding; that peace will wash over your heart and mind.
God wants to hear from you! Throughout the Bible you can see God listening to people and taking on their pain and struggles. From Genesis to Revelation we see people calling out to God and Him answering their prayers. Most importantly, God was, is and is always with His people.
Not sure how to pray? Use the acronym P.R.A.Y. to help you talk to God:
Praise: Take time to recognize the awesomeness of God
Repent: Ask for forgiveness of anything you’ve done wrong
Ask: Tell God what’s on your heart and mind
Yield: Surrender to whatever God shares with you through the Holy Spirit or the Bible.
Start taking time today to talk with God and cast all your burdens and struggles on Jesus. I promise He can handle everything you take to Him and He will give you peace in the midst of the storm.