Fear and Anxiety as the Coronavirus Continues to Spread
These are stressful times we are living in. The Coronavirus is mutating and continues to spread. Cities, states, and countries continue to have strict regulations on big gatherings, mandates on masks and social distancing; as well as developing rules for unvaccinated and vaccinated people. Remember, when you thought to yourself, this should be over soon. No one knows how much longer it will last, how many more people will get sick, and how many people will die from COVID-19. IT’S. A. LOT.
With the Delta variant spreading, you might be worried about it ruining your school year, the possibility of getting sick and missing out on things, having to wear a mask, is the vaccine safe, and is it ever going to go away! Thinking about how the Coronavirus continues to affect the world and your life can cause fear and panic, but God says we can trust in Him even through the most difficult times. And as we trust in God, He pours out His peace on us.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
During these uncertain times, I want you to experience God’s peace. If you are feeling anxious, if your thoughts are spiraling down the path of “what ifs,” we understand. You are not alone. We are here to offer practical advice and spiritual advice. (For specifics on symptoms and how to protect yourself from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – please visit the CDC Website)
Here you will find blogs, podcasts, videos, stories, eBooks and more that address what you may be feeling in this time…anxiety, fear, worry, etc. These resources also provide:
- Practical Tips on how to cope
- Having hope in the midst of the pandemic
- Finding faith in hard-times
- and much more
Experiencing Peace in the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Faith in God can help you have peace no matter what comes your way. Whatever your struggles, you can face them with confidence, knowing God will be with you through it all – that He will never leave you or abandon you. And that makes all the difference!
There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’re feeling overwhelmed with worry about coronavirus. In the Bible, we’re reminded that God is always with us and He is ready to fulfill His promises for comfort in these difficult times.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
I also know that God is good and that He is for us.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
God is waiting for you to turn to Him.
“…God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. (1 Timothy 1:3-5)
Do you have the peace of God? You can have that peace by confessing your sins to him and asking Him into your life, which means accepting Him as your Savior.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
Where is God now?
During this pandemic and throughout history, people have asked, “Where is God when bad things happen?”
It’s a fair question.
For those who KNOW God, who have a relationship with Him, the answer is that He is walking right alongside of you. It’s not His desire that we suffer. Suffering is a result of a sinful world. But if we have trusted God as our Lord and Savior, we receive His strength and have a confidence that He will never let us go and is right there with us.
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. (Psalm 112:7-8)
People blame God for the bad things because it’s easy to blame someone you don’t know – someone you do not have a relationship with. If someone has refused a relationship with God over and over, why would they now expect His favor? Yet the truth is that they – we – you – will receive his favor when you turn to Him with ALL your heart.
A Relationship with God makes All the Difference
Marilyn Adamson at EveryStudent.com shares this wisdom:
“It may be because they don’t have a relationship with God. They may know that God exists, and they might even worship God from time to time. But those who never seem to have their prayers answered probably don’t have a relationship with him. Further, they have never received from God complete forgiveness for their sin. What does that have to do with it you ask? Here is an explanation.
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
It’s pretty natural to feel that separation from God. When people begin to ask God for something, what usually takes place? They begin with, “God, I really need your help with this problem…” And then there’s a pause, followed by a restart… “I realize that I’m not a perfect person, that I actually have no right to ask you for this…” There’s an awareness of personal sin and failure. And the person knows that it’s not just them; that God is aware of it too. There’s a feeling of, “Who am I kidding?” What they may not know is how they can receive God’s forgiveness for all their sin. They might not know that they can come into a relationship with God so that God will hear them. This is the foundation for God answering your prayer.
With God, when the person is actually a child of God, when the person belongs to God, he knows them and hears their prayers.”
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me…my sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:14, 27-28)
God wants you to have this peace. But you need to turn to Him to receive it. Read this to learn how – Learn More About God
Finding Bright Moments in Times of Challenges
When going through a challenge or crisis, it’s important to reflect on what’s good in life too. There have been bright spots during this Coronavirus and it helps to think and reflect on those things. If nothing else, this crisis has made us realize how connected we all are. How much we need each other.
Don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. (Hebrews 13:16)
For more Hope and Peace Read – 40 Bible Verses for Hope During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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