Everyday Grace

Everyday Grace: 3 Scriptures for a Pandemic

We’re all in a period of not-knowing right now. In times like these, it’s easy to fall into a state of anxiety and allow worry to rule your thoughts. When that happens, we’re unable to live presently—because our thoughts are being hijacked by tomorrow’s concerns. We’re not the first ones, or the only ones, to feel that kind of fear and anxiety, and God’s word addresses our concerns:

  • Remember God’s love: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
  • Breathe deeply and let go of anxiety: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 6-7).
  • Trust that God is in control: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55: 8-9).

The word of God is a consistent force of sustenance in our lives in the midst of disorder and confusion. Sometimes reading Scripture might feel like the only thing that gets you through—but it will always get you through.

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