Fear and uncertainty are part of our lives, but most of us have not seen anything like the pandemic we are experiencing today. We are living history right now and no one really knows how long this will last.
Not one person is immune to the effects this virus is bringing to our world and all of the uncertainty packed with it. It can cause anyone to have fear or panic. So, what do we do?
We Learn to Trust God Like Never Before
There was a time in my life where I had a lot of fear and what-ifs circling constantly in my mind over one of my children. I would lay awake at night crying and fearing the worse because I had zero control. It was through that difficult season that God taught me how to trust Him in uncertainty and with all I had. I knew I could not change things but He could. I learned to pray hard and trust big. That’s what we are called to do in times of uncertainty.
Whether times are good, bad or uncertain, God and His Word never change. He is steadfast and faithful. His Word brings comfort and peace unlike anything else especially what we see on the news and social media.
When your mind starts to race and the what-ifs flood in, come back to His Word and immerse yourself in Truth. Take every thought captive as God’s Word says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 by saying no to fear and yes to Truth found in God’s Word. When I have a negative or fearful thought, I like to repeat “I trust You Jesus. I trust You Jesus. I trust You Jesus.”
Here are some other verses that will give you hope, comfort, strength and peace during times where we have no control. There are many others so take some time to search out God’s Word for yourself. If you don’t have a Bible, try BibleGateway online.
Scriptures to Stand On
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 and all of Psalm 34.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge — no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:9-11 and all of Psalm 91.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Psalm 94:19
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6–7
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:31–34
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6–7
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
In these crazy, uncertain times, Jesus is where our hope and comfort is found. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can find the peace that surpasses understanding. At night, when you worry about tomorrow, just remind yourself to keep your eyes on Jesus.
He’s there. He knows. He cares.