“So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.” Psalm 46:2
Sometimes it’s easy to forget how close we are to Jesus when we can’t visibly see Him. He might seem distant, especially when circumstances turn dire, but it’s important to remember He is always right beside us!
There are three main reminders to hold close during this time: Jesus is our source of peace, Jesus is our ultimate comforter, and Jesus is our friend.
I don’t know how you are feeling these days, or how you are specifically coping with the coronavirus pandemic, but if you’re having a difficult time, these three reminders are for you.
God as our source of peace
In John 16:33 Jesus tells us, “In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Later in Ephesians 2:14, Paul reminds readers that not only does Jesus bring us peace but that “He Himself is our peace.”
God is our source of peace. He is our peacemaker, our anxiety crusher, and our healer. He wants us to seek Him both in our times of triumph but also in our times of sadness.
If you are having a hard time finding a sense of peace these days, know you’re not alone. The world feels upside down. Hospitals are filled with sick people, schools are canceled, college seniors are not having graduations, weddings are being canceled, people are losing their jobs, and so much more.
It’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel out of sorts. It’s not wrong to be anxious, or sad, or upset, but it is important to continue to seek God no matter what.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” John 14:27 reminds us.
God as our ultimate comforter
One of my favorite verses in the entire Bible comes from 1 John 5:14. It reminds us of how great our relationship with God is and how approachable He is.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us,” 1 John 5:14 reads.
God is not only our source of peace but He is also our comforter. In 2 Corinthians Paul writes about God as his source of comfort. Paul spoke from a place of knowing deep pain, but also knowing deep comfort. He suffered more than many of us can imagine, but always knew exactly where to run to.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
God as our friend
Not only is Jesus our source of peace and our ultimate comforter but He is also our friend. Genesis 1:27 points out that we were created in God’s image, and then in John 3:16, we are reminded that Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with us.
In Psalm 18:30 and Psalm 116:5 we are reminded that God is aware and present in our day-to-day. Those verses serve as reminders that He didn’t just create us, but He wants to be active in our lives.
Talk to God. Pray to Him. Let Him know your gratitude, but also let Him know your true feelings. If you are feeling scared because of what’s going gon in the world around you, let Him know. If you are nervous or anxious because of your health, tell Him.
Jesus wants an intimate relationship with us! He is waiting for us, all we have to do is talk to Him and open our lives to Him.
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