It may not be the first Bible promise you have thought of when dealing with your coronavirus anxiety, but it is very applicable.
Hebrews 13:8 states, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Consider this encouraging truth: the Lord Jesus Christ is the same today as He was during any other season of anxiety in your life and that ought to bring you a sense of hope.
Remember when you thought your life was over, when you didn’t expect to survive a hospital stay, when you were certain you would never know love again, or whatever season it was that caused your world to come crushing down in hopelessness?
We easily forget those bad times and how we felt, but know that this too shall pass, just as those other seasons of your life has past. There is going to be clarity in your life again and it is going to either get back to normal or something close to it if not better.
If you really think of it, what makes us anxious is not knowing. We become anxious and worrisome when an outcome or the future is uncertain. So if you are beating yourself up for being a bit stressed, don’t feel bad about it because you simply don’t know what’s ahead or how it’s all going to turn out.
When Paul wrote “do not be anxious about anything” he is saying that you are going to have anxiety in life and when he completed that thought with “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6 ESV), he was adding to take that anxiety to the Lord.
Jesus gave us the same encouragement when He spoke from the Mount of Olives saying, “do not be anxious about your life…Look at the birds of the air…Consider the lilies of the field…Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all“ (Matthew 6:25-32, ESV).
Jesus is saying when you begin to be anxious about the things of life look around you and be reminded that just as He takes care of the birds and fields He is going to take care of you!
So next time the COVID-19 headlines seem heavy upon your heart and the stress of worry begins to bear down on you, stop, look out and remind yourself of Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”