Looking to God

This feels like a movie. A bad one. All around there are feelings of panic, fear, confusion. Maybe they are warranted, maybe they aren’t…but they are here. There is no way to ignore what is going on around us. Life as we know it has come to a halt. Schools are closed, restaurants are shutting down, social gatherings and play dates are postponed and food stores are being picked clean by people wearing masks and gloves.

My mind keeps going back and forth from fear to faith. In my flesh, I can be an anxious person. When I am not walking in the spirit and in the Word, I worry. I rationalize in my mind how I can control things that I really can’t control and I mitigate risk when something challenging presents itself. So as you can imagine, a situation like we are in now can send someone like myself into a tizzy. Average people who normally don’t worry…are worried. Normally calm people…aren’t staying calm. People I look at as the “stable ones” are uncertain of where things are going. So where does that leave someone like me?

This Sunday, as I listened to Pastor Bryon from home, he reminded us that we are just temporary residents here…strangers in this world (1 Peter 2:11). Our hope is not in this world. We are not of it. Our hope is in Christ. We must look to Christ for our safety, our security and our sanity….not to the “normally stable” environment or people around us. Because like we are seeing, things can change in an instant. The seemingly stable ground can become shaky without notice.

Our stability must be found in God and in the Word of God.

Proverbs 18:10 tells us that, “The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.”  In Psalm 125:1 it says, “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”  

Those are promises for us. If we run to the Lord, we are safe. If we place our trust in the Lord we don’t have to be shaken. Now that doesn’t mean we do unwise things, but it does mean that we can live our lives without fear of the future.

So in these anxious times, let’s dive into the Word and run to a God who is not moved or shaken by what is going on around us. He knew it would happen before it did and He is more than capable of bringing us through it.

by Lisa Duvall
Lisa has been attending Kingsway and serving on the prayer team since she moved to South Jersey in 2015. She is a freelance writer and former television reporter who now gets to spend her days at home with her two small children. Lisa is also passionate about the pro-life movement, volunteering with a local group called the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants NJ, and freelances for pro-life online sites.