Hello, this is Pastor Don Willeman of Christ Redeemer Church. Welcome to a special-edition series of The Kingdom Perspective.
What is the cure for the anxiety brought on by the COVID crisis?
The cure is to fix our mind on the character and promises of God.
Listen to the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV):
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”
Isaiah calls us to fix our minds on God. God gave us a mind to think, and he wants us to use that mind to think about Him and not merely be driven by the endless anxieties of our heart. He wants our minds to be “stayed” on Him. This word “stayed” means to rest upon, to be supported by. Just as when you sit down in a chair you are resting your full weight upon the support of that chair, so too, when you direct your anxious thoughts to God’s character and his promises, you are learning to rest your life on Him. He is the support of your soul.
To help you grow in your trust in God, you should consider memorizing and meditating on verses like this one from Isaiah. Doing so takes your minds off your worries and puts them onto the wonder of God.
It gives us security and perspective, like standing on the solid, unmovable top of Mount Washington. You can be confident that God will uphold you, not only now, but also for eternity.
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