As we all learn to adjust to a new normal in the age of COVID-19, our devotions from this past week focused our attention on how to practically trust God.
Pause… Take a deep breath and come back to what you know to be true. The Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; He will hear when you call. Reflect in your heart and be still. God invites us to find our rest in Him, and when we do, He gives us the gift of rest at night.
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
Focus… Recognize the mental battle you are facing. Fight back against the lies in your mind by actively focusing on the One who is generous towards you. Worship God as a way to fight your anxious thoughts.
“But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” Psalm 13:5
Make new plans… We do not know what tomorrow will bring, but we should still make new plans that are surrendered to the will of the Lord Jesus. When our plans need to change, it means God has a different idea. Your adventure is not over; it is simply taking an unexpected turn.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
Be relationally connected… Relational isolation is not healthy for you or the people around you. God makes us part of a body of believers. In His mind, we are all interdependent. If one of us is suffering, then we are all suffering. We are on the same team, and we need each other.
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
Focus on obedience more than survival… In the season of worrying about our finances, the call of Jesus is to focus on our obedience. When we seek first God’s kingdom, we are set free to love instead of making decisions out of survival. When we do this, we trust God to be the provider for our physical needs.
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:33
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