“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”-Matthew 4:4
COVID-19 has impacted our lives and given us a mandatory pause. The WNBA and NFL drafts were the first live sporting events in several weeks. Many people are working from home. Daycare centers, schools, colleges and universities are closed in addition to dine in restaurants, malls and movie theaters. Churches have been providing weekly virtual worship services, bible studies and prayer meetings. Our front line heroes of first responders, medical staff, delivery drivers, restaurant employees, mail carriers, grocery store employees, warehouse and utility workers and other many nameless people have insured our safety, health and peace of mind during this pandemic.
My phone has limited notifications on purpose. The reason being that I don’t want my mind, soul and heart to be saturated with COVID-19. This year has been extremely bumpy for me. COVID-19 didn’t become real for me until I went to the grocery store and saw empty shelves. I could not attend church in person. I had to cancel lunch and dinner dates with friends. I started listening to the news a lot. The news was so dire and grim. I was sad, heartbroken, disappointed and extremely anxious. This continued for a few days until during my prayer time when I was reading Psalm 27:1 which says “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Of whom should I be afraid?” When I took the time to read and meditate on the scriptures, pray, listen to encouraging sermons and worship music and more, my soul, mind and heart were liberated, lighter and clear.
We have a choice during this mandatory pause. We can listen to the news or God. We can meditate on fear or the word of God. We have to choose to feed our flesh or spirit. If you are on a steady and continuous dose of COVID-19 facts and news, may I encourage you to shift your attention to God? Allow God to minister to you in a unique and special way. Whatever emotions you have, bring it to God. God created us and he can handle it. God loves us too much to abandon us during this critical time. God promises to never leave or forsake us. As you allow God’s word and songs of praise and worship to wash over you while bringing you to a place of surrender, peace and faith.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for being God. You are a faithful God. I pray you would increase our faith and courage during this time of uncertainty. You are a God that is certain even in uncertain time. I pray for healing, encouragement and strength during this time. Remind each of us that we are loved by you. Remind us God that we are valuable and vital members of the Kingdom of God. God please continue to equip you during this special season. We love you and thank you. I pray all of this in the name of our matchless and undefeated savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!
- Joshua 9:1 “ Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing”
- Psalm 37: 5 “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it. “
- Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.
- Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
- 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”