During such uncertain times, it is normal to experience some anxiety, fear, worry, whatever you want to call it, when it comes to the coronavirus international pandemic. As Christians, we are called to make the most of these evil days and to take advantage of all opportunities to walk in wisdom (Ephesians 5). Here are some scriptures and practical steps you can take to deal with your worry in a Godly way and make the most of it!
What comfort do we get from God’s Word? (THE TRUTH)
1. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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. Philippians 4:6-7
2. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
3. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer… Psalm 18:2
4. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
5. I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
6. The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. Proverbs 29:25
7. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
8. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
9. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
10. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18
11. He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” Revelation 1:17
12. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
What practical steps can we take during worry?
- Seek out community – It’s not easy to do this when you are worried or anxious, especially if you are introverted, especially if you are already by yourself in your house. FaceTime with a friend. Join a zoom call bible study. Call up someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Go for a walk and talk to a neighbor (while practicing social distancing).
- Talk to a counselor via Skype – A lot of counselors now offer FaceTime counseling sessions. This is a way of getting professional help during this time and most insurances will cover it. (Email me if I can help you find one)
- Do something physical – Any physical activity will work! Usually, during isolation, your brain tells you to shut everything down. Lay on the couch or in bed, be lazy, don’t do chores, stay closed off, etc. Do the opposite of what your brain is telling you (as long as it’s safe for you and others). Go for a walk, not just to sightsee, but to get your heart rate up for 20-40 minutes. Watch Planet Fitness online workout from home videos. They usually are about 20 minutes of exercise.
- Stay off social media – Not forever. Just for a day. You will be amazed at what replacing 2-3 hours on social media with a good book or music will do to your mood and mental health. Try it. For a day.
- Listen to worship music – Music was given to us by God and it totally effects us on an emotional, mental and spiritual level. Here’s a great worship playlist to get you started.