Right now, my world is small. Which is really nice at times. Of course, I watch the news; but the last couple of days I have purposefully unplugged. So when my sisters started sharing some emails of precautions from her work, church, and workout center due to the coronavirus disease, I decided I better listen to the news again. Especially as many people at church were talking about it.
I found out all the buzz was due to the fact that the virus had been upgraded to a pandemic so there were many changes. Maybe I am too trusting or naive, but this did not make me nervous for my family as we are young and healthy. Since our church is full of old people, I do pray that all these precautions will make this pandemic short-lived on U.S. soil.
I thought about what I could share with all of you about what we should do when we feel afraid. Many people are fearful today. It may not be about the coronavirus. It may be about a family member that has an illness such as cancer. It may be fear about finances. There is the fear of a dangerous relationship. Children making wrong decisions cause a lot of fear and worry.
What should we do when we are afraid and worry?
I could write a whole new post, but I went back and looked at some of the posts I have written in the past. I’ve written often about topics related to fear and trust over the years. God’s Word does not change. We always need to turn to God’s Word when we are afraid.
A good Scripture we can turn to when we are fearful is Psalm 31. I shared this passage a long time ago. Look at these wonderful promises we see in this chapter:
In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; (v. 1)
Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, (v. 2)
thou art my rock and my fortress; (v. 3)
thou art my strength. (v. 4)
I trust in the LORD. (v. 5)
I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; (v. 6)
I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. (v. 14)
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; (v. 19)
O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. (v. 23)
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. (v. 24)
In another previous post, I shared a song of Keith and Kristyn Getty that is very encouraging. Look at these great lyrics:
Still my soul be still
And do not fear
Though winds of change may rage tomorrow
God is at your side
No longer dread
The fires of unexpected sorrow
God You are my God
And I will trust in You and not be shaken
Lord of peace renew
A steadfast spirit within me
To rest in You alone
On that same post, I shared many other verses that promise us God’s perfect peace.
And three years ago, I shared 13 promises to pray when you are fearful. When we feel the fear start creeping in, we need to turn to the One who can give us peace. Go HERE to see those precious prayer promises.
This post was a “mom” post as well, but it includes 11 verses that we can claim when we are going through trials or struggling. God has the answer! We just need to go to Him. He doesn’t promise to take away illnesses always — but He promises to always be with us.
How do you handle fear? Do you trust Him?
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