Praise God Through the Storm

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I am an RN, and I have worked in family practice for the last 20 years. I have never seen anything like the coronavirus.  I have a lot of familiarity with influenza—it can be very serious and deadly. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are 12,000-61,000 reported deaths from the flu every year in the United States. And yet, I haven’t seen anyone react to the threat of influenza like they have reacted to coronavirus.

At first, I was confused and overwhelmed. Schools closed, making me wonder if that was necessary. A few days later, restaurants and bars closed. I am ashamed to admit I was angry about this.  I felt like I was losing my freedom. I asked God to change my attitude since I knew I was being so ungrateful. On the following day, while having my quiet time with God, a thought popped into my head.

There are people all over the world who are hungry every day. They don’t have the convenience of going to a restaurant or a grocery store. Usually, I can buy whatever I want, whenever I want it. I looked around my home and saw all the comfort I experience daily: a warm home, comfy furniture, clothes, food. Immediately, I poured my heart out to God, thanking him for all the ways he has provided for me. I was reminded that I needed to trust him rather than relying on my own abilities.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Last weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said, “We have to admit the need. Admit there is a problem.” Let’s face it, we need a miracle. I realized that I had to admit my fears about the coronavirus and the repercussions it’s having on our lives and our livelihoods, and I don’t think I’m alone. More than ever, we need Jesus. We need to stop focusing on all our fears and worries—and pray.

Focus on our sovereign God, who he is and all he has done for us, and spend time in his Word. Most of all, praise God through this storm—choose to live in his peace and not your worries.

Here are some verses to focus on:

1 Peter 5:6-7
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Psalm 62:8
O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

Isaiah 26:3-4
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

Psalm 94:19
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

Questions:
How are you trusting God through this storm? Is it hard for you to admit that you need help? How often do you try to fix things instead of leaning on God? Do you have a heart of gratitude or fear and worry?

Next Steps:
Write the above verses on index cards (or print them) and carry them with you everywhere. Read and meditate on them when you start to worry. Think of three ways God has blessed you each day, write them down, and thank God for them. Listen to praise music to keep your thoughts grateful rather than fearful.

A Time for Prayer: Tuesday Focus

Dear God, today I am reminded that Christ is the solid rock on which I stand. When everything is changing, when all other ground is sinking sand, or equally when I want everything to change and what I am facing seems to have no end, Christ is the Solid Rock. God, I rest in your unchanging grace and your overwhelming love and mercy, lifting my voice to you. I trust that you are teaching us, and I will follow. Today, I pray specifically for our nation’s older generation. Protect them in this season of isolation and sickness. Help them to experience you as their solid foundation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.


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5 replies
  1. Carol shull
    Carol shull says:

    Thank you for your encouragement in today’s LIO. I did not realize that the death rate was that high for the normal flu. God is our hope. At first I was fearful, but praying has given me a sense of peace.♡

  2. Debbie Mill
    Debbie Mill says:

    The comment about people around the world being hungry all the time and not being able to go to stores really gives the situation we are in a new perspective. I am trying to keep a journal through this experience and now I will add three grateful things every day !

  3. Sean McGee
    Sean McGee says:

    This is a great a relative perspective. I took a step back this last weekend just to be thankful for what I have and how blessed I am to be where I am at.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  4. Luke Shortridge
    Luke Shortridge says:

    Great reminder, Marsha! This week I just keep replaying what Ben said this past weekend. Sometimes God gives us less so we can be reminded of how big He really is! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you for your encouragement Martha! I have actually enjoyed being home. I got out my sewing machine and did some shopping for my neighbors. I haven’t been in my regular routine of starting the day in prayer and meditation though, I’m starting to feel the effects. I need my time with God like I need the air that I breathe. I’m no good on my own.

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