In the midst of chaotic and tumultuous times, peace can be known. When the whole world is in the dark grips of fear, light can spring forth and bring liberty. Are you bound by anxiety and fear? Are you paralyzed by a sense of dread? There is a solution to these problems. There is hope. You don’t have to be scared. You do not need to live in fear. Peace is available for anyone and everyone who will receive it. Perfect peace can be yours if you will receive it. Look at what the scripture says.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”
Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
God promises perfect peace to the one who will focus on Him, in faith and trust. When you set your mind firmly on God and the truth of His Word, you will dwell in perfect peace. No fear or anxiety can live in the presence of God. Faith and fear are not friends. Faith only works if your focus is on God how He really is, not focusing on what someone has told you about God, or on what religion, or experience says.
What the Bible says about God more than anything else is that God is good. The revelation of His goodness is the key to peace. If you believe God is good, there can be no doubt about His will or intentions. If God is good, then He will help, He will save, and He will deliver. Maybe you have asked yourself if God sent this Covid-19 epidemic. Maybe you are giving God the benefit of the doubt, that He had some great purpose for it. Let me free you with some truth. God did not send this virus. He doesn’t give sickness. His name is the Lord our Healer, not the Lord our diseaser. It’s the enemy that gives sickness because he has come to steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus came for us to have abundant life(John 10:10). God is the giver of life, not the taker. Death is an enemy of God, not a friend. You can have faith in God and His desire to heal and protect you, when you realize that God is against sickness. It’s God’s will to protect and help you, not to destroy you.
God must be experienced to be fully known. Press in to God and experience Him. That’s what He desires. When you get in the presence of God, all the enemies of God will flee. Fear is an enemy to the Kingdom of Heaven. Anxiety, depression, death, and disease are too. Learn to pray the Lord’s Prayer over your life. Believe God for His heavenly will to be done on earth. God wants you well. And He wants you safe and prospered, not destroyed by a virus. Believe that. Focus on the truth of the good God who loves you.
God gives perfect peace. That means peace in your heart, peace with others, and peace with Him. He has provided everything you need for peace. The Good News of Jesus brings peace when it is combined with faith.
God provides peace with Him first. Romans 5:1-2 says,
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Romans 5:1-2 NKJV
When you believe that Jesus lived for you, died to pay the price for your sins on the cross, and rose again for you, and you trust in that fact for your salvation, you are justified by God. That means He declares you perfectly righteous and right with Him. You receive the benefit of Christ’s atonement for you. All your sins are gone forever, and you have total access to God. God himself provides for your salvation. Your part is simply to repent(change your mind), and believe this truth. That is all faith really is. You can know for certain that God is for you, and He is with you. He will never be angry at you, nor punish you for your sins, because Jesus already took all the punishment you deserve.
Understanding that you have peace with God can lead you into other dimensions of peace. You can begin to have peace with other people, because you find strength to give grace to others in the way God has given grace to you. You can forgive. You learn to not be prideful, but walk in humility. You learn to truly love other people, because God has given you perfect love. This creates relational peace. Once you understand that you are right with God, you can be right with everyone else.
Knowing that you are at peace with God Almighty creates peace in your heart. You realize that God is never in the mood to punish you or harm you. He is too God for that, and you are too forgiven. Because of what God has given you in your salvation, you can pray and believe for good. You can believe for protection, healing, and deliverance from all evil. This virus is evil. Trust your good God to protect you, and deliver you from all evil. Believe God, and experience His perfect peace in everything.
Live in Perfect Peace. Rest in God. Keep your mind focused on Him. Who He is and what He has done for you. He is a good God, and He freely gives Perfect Peace.