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Certainty in Uncertain Times
March 17, 2020, 11:00 AM

Like everyone, I have been wrestling with all the implications of the COVID-19 "Corona Virus" for several days. The all-encompasing nature of this event has been overwhelming to say the least. It seems like opinions, strategies, causes, affects & effects (does anyone else struggle to differentiate between those two?) are endless.  When we spend time reading and listening to all the people who have advice and who are offering reasons there's a strong sense of worry, despair, and maybe even panic.

For my part of all this, I would like to offer some words of encouragement:

  1. Simplify as much as possible. Draw back from the urge to have everything fixed at once and become overwhelmed at the magnitude of problems that seem to surround us daily:

Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:To know wisdom and instruction,To perceive the words of understanding,To receive the instruction of wisdom,Justice, judgment, and equity;To give prudence to the simple,To the young man knowledge and discretion—"

  1. Spend More time in prayer and reading the Bible. This may seem overly simplistic, but we should avoid the temptation to be in a state of constant updates with Twitter, Facebook, Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC, etc...take an extra few minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening to read and meditate on Scriptures.

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 

Psalm 119:148 My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

  1. Sing Praises. Singing praises to God causes the focus of our heart and mind to be placed on Him. Singing carries with it a biblical mandate and promises of God to bless those who sing to Him.

Jeremiah 31:7 For thus says the Lord: “Sing with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the chief of the nations; Proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save Your people, The remnant of Israel!’

Psalm 148:14 And He has exalted the horn of His people, The praise of all His saints— Of the children of Israel, A people near to Him. Praise the Lord!

 

The Lord is faithful and will sustain us through this storm. He always has and he always will.

 

Blessings,

Jay




Comments

03-24-2020 at 11:05 PM
Barbara elders
Thanks!! I love the encouragement!! I chose to be grateful each day!!
03-17-2020 at 12:43 PM
Tracie Welch
Thank you, Jay!!
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