Do you remember those T-shirts, bumper stickers and banners from a few years ago that stated the phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On?” According to wikipedia.org it originated from the British Government in 1939 in preparation for World War II. The purpose of the poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public.
Can this same statement be an encouragement to you while we are facing an invisible enemy called COVID-19 (coronavius)? It is one thing to look to a motivational poster, but how about turning to God to keep calm and carry on? There are many Bible verses that point to God’s omnipotence (He is all powerful); God’s omniscience (He is all knowing) and God’s omnipresence (He is everywhere). Can you think of some of these verses that may bring you the encouragement that God has you covered (safe, secure in the midst of trial) both now and forever more? Take a look a these passages from the Psalms…Psalm 32:7, Psalm 37:39, Psalm 42:11. Jesus said in John 16:33, “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 (NIV 2011).”
In our time of crisis you have the best antidote which is knowing who God is as revealed to us through His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit and His Holy Word (the Bible). How well do you know Him? I encourage you to take you Bibles or get a Bible App on your cell phone and find passages like John 17:3 and read them in their context. When we focus more on God and His Greatness our problems, losses and fears are put in perspective.
It’s like looking at our dark world at night with a LED flashlight and we can see a number of metres ahead of us. We can stumble along if we are not careful, but when the sun comes up in the morning how useful is our flashlight? The Sun out shines the little flashlight and darkness is dispelled around us. The Son of God outshines the little hope or the little faith we have when burdened by the circumstances around us. Let’s keep calm and carry on as we keep Jesus the main Light to our daily experience and marvel at how He loved the Father and how God brought Him through all His challenges right to the resurrection from the grave!
John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
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