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In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
There are many bad things going on in the world right now. There are over 200,000 deaths in the USA due to COVID-19 as of 9/23/20.
People are grieving. The Lord knows we are suffering and sends his Holy Spirit to help and comfort us.
The Holy Spirit tells us what is to come so that we won’t be troubled. Jesus has already overcome so we can live and live abundantly. That is a promise.
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me. – Psalm 50:15
We are living in troubled times. During this time of COVID-19 closures that began in my town on March 16, 2020, many cities are in lockdown throughout the world.
High schools are closed. Non-essential businesses are closed. Churches are closed.
Some essential businesses like the nonprofit where my husband works are not closed, but many of his employees are avoiding coming into the office and instead work directly with those they serve. The death toll in Italy has exceeded China’s. The morgues in northern Italy are full. It’s a scary time.
Jesus asks us to call upon Him when we are afraid and He will help us. I need to trust that He will always be there for us. He will never “leave you nor forsake you.” We need to meditate on His law and follow it. Amen.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are just, 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. – Phil. 4:8
I have been meditating a lot lately.
I remember my meditation instructor, Coleen Camenisch, saying that meditation is like a gatekeeper. It observes the thoughts passing but doesn’t let them in.
The COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused closures that I have never seen in my lifetime. It is scary, but Jesus asks us not to be afraid.
He asks us to seek the truth. He asks us to look at the good reports, not just the bad ones. He wants us to be peaceful. So even though the times may be scary and other people may be in a panic, we have a savior who has already overcome the world and who can save us.
He will give us perfect peace. No matter what is going on and no matter how many businesses close, Jesus will renew us and He will come for us. Amen.