Yesterday afternoon before school pick-up, I dropped into the nearby shopping center to buy some food supplies. Preferring not to have to take the children through the shops, I was on my own for once and was therefore able to observe the surrounds around me, as opposed to managing my children.
As I started at one end and walked to the food shops at the other, a sense of sadness overwhelmed me. The normally bustling center was a ghost town. As I walked past shops, I felt such sadness for the people working in them. How much longer can their employers afford to pay them when there is no one buying products?
The world is fearful because it doesn’t look to God for protection. But we don’t have to live like that.
It is times like this where we really can lean on God. If we are with Him through the good times and the bad, then when the bad times come – and this is now – then this is the time when we need to take refuge in our Almighty God. The world is in a state of panic, and while in the natural we could be too, we need to stop and trust in God.
Your personal faith is what is so crucial now. Whatever your circumstances, lift them up to God and trust Him that He will have a plan for you to come through the coronavirus slowdown unscathed.
Psalm 91 is the prayer each of us needs to be praying at this time. It has been published in full below so you can read it daily.
Let’s stand together in faith and trust God that His promise to never leave us nor forsake us is true now more than ever.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”