Fighting For God’s Peace In Fearful Times

I can’t remember anything quite like the Corona virus ever happening in my lifetime.

Our local university just cancelled a basketball tournament. Schools all over the nation are shutting down. A couple and their daughter who recently came home to our small Western PA town from China, had to be quarantined for 2 weeks in their house. Local supermarkets are out of toilet paper and hand sanitizers. The Corona virus seems to come up in every conversation. 

We who believe in Jesus can certainly be tempted to fear.

And even when this trial is over, life is always full of temptations for us to be anxious. Anxious for our children and grandchildren. Anxious about finances. And all kinds of other things. So how can we who believe in Jesus fight to have God’s peace both now and in the future?

We must fight to keep our eyes on the Lord

Remember that no matter what we go through our Lord and God promises to be with us and protect us.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

The Bible promises that believers will pass through trials of many kinds. God says, “When you pass through the waters,” and “When you walk through the fire,” not IF you experience these things. But God says that when we go through hard times, he will personally be with us. And he promises that rivers will not overwhelm us nor fires burn and consume us. That doesn’t mean we won’t suffer physically, but nothing on this earth can touch our spirit. Nothing can separate us from our Savior.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Our good Shepherd will never leave our sides, even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Death is only a shadow to us who believe. In this life, shadows may pass over us. But shadows cannot harm us. And neither can the thing that casts the shadow. Even when believers die, death can only cast its shadow over us. It cannot ultimately kill us, for our Savior gives us eternal life. And he will be with us, even when we are on our death beds.

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:3

We certainly want to be helped by health agencies and our government, and the medical profession, but none of them holds our right hand. None of them can tell us to fear not. But our God does. The God of the universe, the God who created and upholds the galaxies tells us he holds our right hand. He is intimately with us. He doesn’t say we hold his hand, but he holds our hand. He tells us to fear not because HE is the one who helps us. The God who is sovereign over all things holds our hand.

We must remember to take refuge in the Lord

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah Psalm 46:1-3

In these times of temptation to fear it is so good to know that GOD is our refuge and strength, not our government, or anything else. And our God is a VERY PRESENT help in trouble. He is not far off. He is not uncaring and uninvolved. He is present with us. Knowing this helps us not to fear even in cataclysmic times…when the earth gives way; when mighty mountains – things that seem immovable and unshakable – slip into the foaming, swelling oceans of the uncertainties of this life.

We must pray, and cast our cares upon the Lord

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:8

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

Our God tells us that when we are tempted to be anxious, about anything – sickness, finances, our future, our children – we should cast those cares, no matter how large or small, upon him. He tells us to do this because he cares about us. Isn’t this incredible? Almighty, infinite, glorious God cares about us! He cares about us because we are his children. He cares more about us than we care about ourselves. Nothing is too large or too small for us to cast upon him.

We must remember that our God will never forget us or let us go

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Isaiah 49:15

God will not forget you for a single second. He has more love for you and me than a mother has for her nursing child. God is watching over us when we are awake and when we are asleep. 

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

We must fight to trust the Lord

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7

For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:6-7

When we trust in the Lord, we will not be afraid of bad news. Our hearts will be firm and we will not be shaken. Obviously, there is much more we could say about this topic, and many more encouraging Scriptures. What Scriptures have encouraged you?

O Lord God, help us to keep our eyes fixed on you. Help us to remember to cast our cares upon you. Help us to remember that you are with us when we pass through the floodwaters. Please deliver us from evil. Please give us your peace. Please help those who are suffering and afflicted. Please comfort loved ones of those who have died. Please bring an end to the Corona virus. Please cause even this to bring multitudes to you. Oh Lord, help us to trust in you and hope in you as we pass through the shadows in this life.

I have found that memorizing God’s promises gives me peace, hope and strength, so I have set a number to music. In these simple “Scripture songs” I sing the verses and their references 3 times. Nothing fancy, no complex arrangements. Just me and my guitar. If you listen to them a few times pretty soon you’ll know them by heart. Here are links to a few of these Scripture songs. I hope they encourage you.

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I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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