These are certainly stressful times for us all. Uncertainty abounds and we are forced into isolation within our homes. This can be lonely and elevate the stress levels we are already feeling.
But, during this time, we need to remember that God has a plan and that He is in control. Here are some bible verses to hold onto and help you remember that He always has us in the palm of His hand.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
No matter what is going on in the world the peace and love of God and Christ are continually with you. So, there is no reason to be worried.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Again, God is reminding us to be brave in the face of adversity because He walks alongside us through all of life’s tribulations.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
No matter what supplies you have gathered or how concerned over staying in your home you are, He is with you. You are more valuable to Him than anything else. Worrying simply blurs the view of this love.
So do your best to prepare and then rest, because it is all in the divine plan and God is in control.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
Whenever you are in a time of stress and worry, give it over to God in prayer. He will gladly accept the grief and strife of the everyday. He does not want you to be in a state of worry but, instead, reflect quiet confidence.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God has overcome the world. What does that mean? He has scooped us all up in His loving arms and cradles us day and night.
There is no need to be troubled by the trivialities of hardship and imperfection here on Earth because we have been promised immortality in the kingdom of Heaven. So, prepare, take heed, and do your best to maintain space with your neighbors for now but, we will be alright, God is in control.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
This is a wonderful scripture that reminds us that no matter how much we prepare, stock up, make plans, and get ready, the result is all in God’s hands.
At the end of the day, it is His plan we will watch unfold. His purpose will prevail over the outcome.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Finally, we remind you of this word from God that it is good to be prepared. Be brave and fight against the uncertain times of life.
There is no reason to go forward in fear and hide from the tasks at hand. The Lord goes with you, he never leaves your side.
It’s wonderful to have the written reminders of God’s love in times of great stress in the world. He is in control and His will be done.
The c3 Church family is thinking and praying over every one of you and hope you are healthy and safe in this time of the pandemic.
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