Due to the effects of Covid-19, many people have been cut off from a lot of delightful and meaningful things – family, friends, going out, and fellowship just to name a few. Many others have resorted to anxiety, stress and impulsive buying during this pandemic.
Now is the time, more than ever, that we should not only find joy but share it with the people around us.
As Christians, this is our time to show the unfailing love and peace that only Jesus can supply. As the world continually lives in fear and anxiety, not knowing where to turn, we look to God for peace and strength found only in Him and His powerful name. Faith is the antidote for fear and as believers, there is nothing more strengthening than resting in the promises of Him and His word.
“Fear not for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen , yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
It can be easy to start complaining and grumbling about all the pleasures this virus has limited us to. Yes we can no longer go out to see a movie, we can’t visit a friend or go out to eat, but those are just small prices to pay in order to keep everyone safe. If people were to see us complaining about all the things we can’t do and have to give up, what kind of witness are we being? We aren’t showcasing the love and contentment that Jesus was that we claim to be serving. In Philippians 2:4-5 Paul writes,
“Not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of others. In your relationship with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”
We are to have the mind of Christ, putting others before ourselves and that alone should produce true joy as we have an active relationship with God!
There are so many things we should be grateful for during this virus. Yes we are stuck in our homes, but there are things we can do that we may otherwise never have done. Personally I have picked up a few new hobbies along with some old ones I haven’t done in a while. With more down time I have been able to spend more quality time in God’s word and start some in depth book studies. These times have also increased my prayer life significantly! I keep praying that the Lord would provide opportunities to share the love and hope of Christ with others around me whether it be at my work, or over the internet like here!
Now that we are stuck in our houses and surrounded by family, it can be easy to get frustrated with the ones we love and see all the time. (Especially siblings.) Instead of arguing and being selfish why not try and grow in your relationship with them. This time we have together is so precious and who knows if we’ll ever get the chance again. Even if it’s as simple as playing a card game every night, or reading your favorite Bible story, making a movie, whatever it may be, let’s enjoy the time God had given us and build those relationships with one another.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
As we put our hope and faith in Jesus Christ, no matter what this virus might try to do to us, the Lord does have a plan. He is our healer, out provider and comfort. Let us remember to trust in Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and always stand strong on His promises that He will never leave us or forsake us.
We can always choose joy even amidst the unexpected.