Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6
WE are currently experiencing a pandemic from a virus that cannot be contained or treated with antibiotics. There is a state of frenzy and panic not only from the mortality levels of this disease but also from the realization of the helplessness of humanity. Even the most brilliant scientists and physicians must admit their limitations as they can only advise on preventive measures for containment.
As a Registered Nurse, I considered providing links to professional articles on boosting your immune system. After reading several articles, it was challenging to find just one that incorporated the spiritual aspect of caring for one’s health. To possess peace in times of adversity may seem impossible. Still, the effect that fear, worry, and anxiety have on the mind and body is one of slow destruction and poses a severe threat to the individual and to our societies. “Anxiety disorders are a major worldwide health problem with sizeable psychological, social, and economic costs” (Beddington et al., 2008).
We are unable to purchase items that will alleviate the disturbance of an unsettled mind. Peace of mind is not achieved by burning candles in a dimly lit room, nor can confidence come from praying to or believing in inanimate objects. True Peace is a gift and only available through God. The most significant change that I can recommend is to rely on God in every aspect of your life.
Believing in God’s promises allows us to exercise our faith and to focus on His power. Faith causes us to see through blind eyes and realize the impossible is only possible through God’s Divine intervention. When we admit our dependence on God, He takes our fragile weaknesses and provides us with a mind free of all anxieties. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4.
At any point, we can reach out and establish a relationship with God. Believing in God is a simple action. Our Heavenly Father is not complex or complicated. We have been given a measure of faith that produces an innate desire to seek a spiritual connection with God. Many individuals realize that there is a higher power than themselves, but their attention is diverted by the tangible things that can be seen or touched. But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
- Acknowledging and believing that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit exists is the first step to forming a relationship.
- Salvation is ours just by repenting of our sins and accepting Christ’s death for the redemption of sin, which gives us the right to Eternal life.
- We must live a faith-based and righteous life by giving up worldly pleasures and harmful habits. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
Reflecting on your lifestyle and the choices that you have made do not compare to the promises that God has for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:3
We have the faith that it takes to trust in God. How far can we get in life through self-reliance? At some point, we become troubled from within and realize that we are powerless. Surely, there has to be another way. And it is another way, living by entirely relying on God. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid. John 14:27
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Prayer: LORD God, we are at a time in our lives that we realize our limitations as human beings. We admit that we are fearful, anxious, and worried. We ask you to forgive us for our sins and to give us peace. We pray for protection from disease, but we also pray that we will learn to trust your will and your way for our lives. In Jesus’ name, we ask this prayer. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020