HOW TO NAVIGATE UNCERTAINTY WITH HOPE

April 14, 2020

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

By now the terms “shelter in place” and “social distancing” have become part of our everyday vocabulary, as cities around the globe experience various levels of shutdown. With life as we know it on pause, it’s easier than ever to spend endless hours consumed with the latest news and social media updates. While technology has certainly brought with it many benefits, including staying informed and connected to loved ones, it can also exacerbate feelings of fear, anxiety, and loneliness during this health crisis.

So, how can Jesus-followers navigate this current season with hope and faith?

  1. Prioritize Time with God. – Our lives have been turned upside down and prioritizing time with God through prayer and reading of His Word is more important now than ever. No matter what your “new normal” looks like, be sure to find time for God. Need a few ideas? How about pray, listen to worship music, read the Gospels, journal, listen to a Christian podcast or online sermon. Did you know that Right From The Heart hosts an archive of sermons? Click here to listen online for more insight into the battle of fear with faith.
  2. Find Moments of Gratitude. – It’s always easier to list the challenges, so take time each day to be grateful. If you’re struggling to find the positives right now, turn on some worship music and remind yourself of who God is: “As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him” (Psalm 18:30). Amen!
  3. Online Church – Churches everywhere have shifted their weekly worship services online. Just because you can’t physically gather for Sunday service doesn’t mean you should forget about it. Gather your spouse, your kids, or your roommate and worship online with your local church community.
  4. Stay Connected – Schedule regular check-ins with friends and family. Plan virtual coffee chats with your spiritual mentor, accountability partner, or small group Bible study. As Hebrews 10:25 says, “…do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” Thanks to technology, this is possible even while “social distancing.”

The next time your mind begins spinning with thoughts of fear and anxiety, turn to God in prayer. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” Choose to trust God and ask for His peace to fill your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7). In this way, may your relationship with God grow stronger as you choose to walk in faith amidst uncertainty.