“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Psalms 18:28
The Covid-19 virus has effected all of us in different ways. Some may have experienced pay cuts at their jobs or even layoffs. Others, worry about the virus and if there relatives will be okay through this time. In the Bible it states, “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.” Joshua 1:9 So don’t be afraid. If God, the one with all power, says to not be afraid, then why should we be?
So how does light and darkness relate to this? Well, light means, in this context, peace and trusting in God. Darkness on the other hand is the issues that come upon us during not only these times but life in general.
In these times our world can change quickly. One day we may be free to gather in groups of a hundred then the next groups of five. Luckily for us God does not work like the world. In the Bible it says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.” James 1:17 If we relate the “shifting shadows” in this verse to our rapidly changing world, we can see how this relates to us. Our world may change, but God doesn’t.
Knowing this, scripture also says, “Therefor do no worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 With this changing world we should not worry about tomorrow or what the future may hold.
The world can only give us so much during these times. We all have limits. That’s just how it is. But God does not have limits. In scripture it says, “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.” John 14:27 Don’t you want peace during these times? God says several times thought out scripture to not be afraid.“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
In the Bible it says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 This world can fill us with so much worry, but God fills us with peace and hope.
The Bible also says, “I saw that wisdom is better then folly, just as light is better then darkness.” Ecclesiastes 2:13 So if we look at this scripture from a peace viewpoint, then it says that peace is better then fear. So should we live fearfully in these times or have peace because God has us?
In conclusion, what will you do? Will your remember Gods word, and not fear. Or do you value fear over peace. As you go throughout your week remember Gods word, for he will not leave you.