“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”Matthew 6:25
Where do you go to find answers when challenged with a difficult, anxiety-filled situation? When feelings of danger, vulnerability and distress threaten to upset your ordered, predictable daily life, and you are unsure that you are equipped to deal with the potential dangers? Many people around the state, country and world are struggling with these very questions during this viral contagion that threatens the physical well-being of people around the world and in our own neighborhoods.
We have access to so much information in our technologically rich society that many suffer from information overload, and struggle to balance all the input in order to make wise decisions about themselves and their loved ones. This overload can manifest by creating high levels of anxiety, which negatively affects us in many ways, including our ability to make good choices.
We are very fortunate to have so much good advice and many reasonable protocols in place to mitigate our danger as a result of the activities of the various government agencies and healthcare related companies. However, as valuable and crucial the information about our physical safety and the necessary precautions are, there is a deeper need for wisdom and strength of a spiritual type that we should seek as the foundation for our emotional and spiritual wellness.
In 2 Chronicles 20, we meet Jehoshaphat, king of Judah who is facing a terrible situation of physical danger for himself and his country. A great army was coming to battle against him. He was terrified, so he and all his people prayed to the Lord for help.
“After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 20:1-4)
As a result of turning to God, their fears were resolved. God acted directly in the situation and enabled them to be victorious against all the odds. They did their part in responding to the challenge and the Lord acted by providing help in their time of need. They responded by offering praises to God who gave them victory and peace.
“And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed … And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.” (2 Chronicles 20:21-22, 29-30)
There is no greater action we can take than to petition the Lord to help us in our time of need. Jesus has the power to calm the storms in our lives, whether they are physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. (Luke 8:24). Our prayer is that the Prince of Peace is the one who you are seeking during this challenging situation. If he is not, we invite you to come and see for yourself the peace that only Jesus can provide.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)