Saturday, 21 March 2020

Strengthening Your Faith in Times of Crisis


It’s easy to say “I trust God” and use all the words of faith when everything is going well and exactly as you planned. When you are experiencing favor and great opportunities, you can easily say “Yes, God is good.” But how do you keep that positivity and faith in God when life takes an unexpected turn, like it has for the entire world in the last few months?

When you watch a loved one fall ill and see the light snuffed out of their eyes, how can you trust God? How do you continue to believe in his promises? It’s really hard to do this during life’s crises.

We all find ourselves in the face of battles, like the current COVID-19 pandemic. At times like this, we ask questions like, Why did God allow this? Is this the end of the world? Are we being punished for our sins? Or the most common one, will I also get sick with the virus?

Whatever questions are occupying your mind right now, I can only ask you to take a minute and breathe. Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?” I haven’t met anyone yet who can do that.

So relax; if anything, worry will weaken your immune system. Instead of worrying, we can turn our hearts to words of faith from the Bible. These words encourage our spirit through the trying times and strengthen our body.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

As we all navigate these waters through this global crisis, here are a few tips to stay positive and strong during these challenging times:
  • Spend less time listening to negative news and more time reading words of faith from the Bible. 
  • Music lifts the soul; infuse your life with some good tunes. 
  • Take your eyes off the present, and think about the good future God has for you. 
  • Obviously, practice all the good hygiene and social distancing recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as washing your hands often and staying away from large crowds. You can read more on the WHO’s COVID-19 webpage 
  • When you feel overwhelmed, pray. 
  • And if you feel sick, please call a doctor.

But whatever happens, continue to believe that God has a good plan for us all and he will bring it to pass. This crisis, too, will pass.

Stay safe, everyone.


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