Coronavirus – Cast Your Concerns On The Lord
The Bible tells us to cast our concerns on the Lord. That sounds great, but what happens when fear takes over? We can get overwhelmed by fear pretty quickly, especially during times like this. I do not recall ever living through something of this magnitude. 24 hour news cycles, television updates, and social media blurbs about COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Add to that our physical and financial limitations and those who are already compromised physically. For some, it’s the perfect storm. I was talking to my neighbor tonight. She and her husband are both in the medical field, and they are afraid. They do not know what they are fighting, and it’s not in their medical books. As we ended our conversation, we both agreed we would continue to pray for each other, and we would remember that the Lord is not shaken by this or anything else. We need not fear.
Today, we get our inspiration from Psalm 55
As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God.
20 My companion attacks his friends;
he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter,
yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
yet they are drawn swords.
22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
into the pit of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful
will not live out half their days.
But as for me, I trust you, Lord.
Lord, today I choose to trust you. Father, you are all-knowing and loving. Nothing has gone unnoticed by you, Lord – nothing.
Today, I cast my concerns on you, Lord, and ask you to carry them for me. I can’t carry them all by myself. I am not as strong as you, Lord.
Father, the virus is overwhelming many people, and like my neighbor, many people are afraid. We are living with the fear of the unknown. But this is not unknown to you, Lord. I pray for all those in the medical field, the manufacturing field, the supply chains, necessary workers, government, state, and local officials as they try and tackle this beast. Father, I also pray for all those families who have already lost loved ones to this virus. I also pray for those families who lost loved ones unrelated to the virus. Father be with those who are not able to have funerals due to the coronavirus. Comfort the elderly who are quarantined to their homes. Please strengthen me each day as well as those who are doing everything they can to help others. Lord, please forgive me where I have failed you. You say in your word that if I confess my sins to you, you will forgive them and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Father, please forgive my tendency to fear what is happening all around me and help me to stand on the solid foundation of faith. I pray all these things in Jesus’ name, amen.