“Surrender your anxiety!
Be silent and stop striving and you will see that I am God.
I am the God above all the nations,
and I will be exalted throughout the earth.”
Psalm 46:10 TPT
The COVID19 shutdown throughout the world has forced us to shelter in place and practice social distancing. For many of us, this is painfully difficult because we are accustomed to a much busier pace of life. We aren’t used to this much time alone and being isolated from our friends, family and co-workers.
Listening to the news – especially while we are alone – brings a great deal of anxiety and fear. But Psalm 46:10 tells us to surrender our anxiety. Listening to God and acknowledging Him in these quiet moments can calm our anxiety and nullify our fear.
The passage also tells us to be silent and stop striving. This is one time in the entire history of the world that most people have been forced to be still and cease our normal activities. Use this time to read God’s word and meditate on His promises, instead of marinating in 24/7 news reports, emails and social media posts.
While we have this “free time,” let’s get outside and take in the sights, sounds, and fragrances of God’s creation. There’s no better place to see God than when we view the works His hands have made.
During these days of uncertainty, our anxiety will melt away when we turn it over (surrender it) to God and focus our thoughts on Him, instead of on our distress.
Be Faith-full and not Fear-full.