A PANDEMIC OF PEACE
There are all sorts of pandemics spreading throughout the nation and world today. There is of course, the very real pandemic of Covid 19. But along with it, there is also the pandemic of fear, the pandemic of panic, the pandemic of hysteria, and the pandemic of blame. As Christians, it’s easy to flaunt our faith to the world with statements like: “Don’t be afraid!” “There’s no reason to fear!”
But the reality is, there are very real reasons to be afraid every day… not just during the outbreak of Covid 19.
But WHAT WE DO with our fear is where followers of Christ can stand apart from the rest of the world. Rather than helping to spread a pandemic of fear in our communities and our families, let’s propagate a Pandemic of Peace.
“Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.” — Sheila Walsh
“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.” — C.S. Lewis
“The sweetest part… is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything… It makes no difference where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest position He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult, His grace is sufficient. So if God should place me in serious perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trials, much strength? No fear that His resources will prove unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine, for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me.” — Hudson Taylor
Many times throughout the Bible, God commands us not to fear. Why? Is it because there’s nothing to be afraid of? Is it because He’s going to take away all our problems? Time after time, the reason God says we don’t need to fear is because He is with us! Because God is with me, I am strong. Because God is with me, I have overwhelming peace.
During a time of uncertainty and unknown outcomes in our world, let’s help to spread a pandemic of peace to our families and communities.
I have created a collection of printable verse cards for you to display throughout your home, as a reminder of God’s presence with you. Read these verses with your children, memorize them together as a family. Keep them in your purse, hang them on your mirror and tape them to the fridge. When you are feeling overwhelmed by the events in our world and in your life that feel out of control, let your heart and mind focus in on these scripture passages and remember that God is in control, He will calm your fears and He will be your peace.