Words of Comfort
Focus your mind on God during worrisome times
Major Joe May
Apr 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.
Recently it has been discovered there is a disease infecting human beings around the world, and it is spreading quickly. It began in one place and is now on every continent. It is robbing life from many. Some are paralyzed. Others are only experiencing mild symptoms. Still many seem to be exhibiting no symptoms at all.
I’m not talking about COVID-19. But like the coronavirus, this disease goes by different names. Some call it worry. Others call it anxiety. It is also known as fear, uncertainty or panic. Whatever you call it, it is a lack of peace. But I have good news — there is a cure!
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) Take a moment to read that again and think about what that means. I like the way the King James Version presents Isaiah 26:3, “Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”
Do you lack peace in your heart these days? If so, let me ask you, “Where is your mind focused?” Are you focusing on God, or are you focusing on the effects of the virus? Are you filling your mind with the things of God or are you glued to social media and the 24-hour news cycle bombarding us with the virus? It’s okay to stay informed, but it isn’t healthy to let this virus consume you.
Focus your mind on God. Spend time in prayer with Him. And let the unbelievable peace of God guard you heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Corps Officer Major Joe May is an ordained minister at Salvation Army of Greater Kingsport.