I’m very grateful today to Gill Reeves who messaged me about these verses from Isaiah. It’s very easy to give in to the stress and strain of daily life, even without corona virus, and find ourselves exhausted and fearful, feeling like we have achieved nothing of any worth and wanting to beat ourselves up for that.
Oddly, one of the things that the coronavirus outbreak is already doing is giving us more time away from the bustle of daily life (unless of course you are in one of those key professions or suffering from the illness) as we are forced to stay at home and change our routines. What we do with that extra time is vitally important. Why not commit to using it to see the Truth in these verses come into your own life? We will find God’s perfect peace when our mind is steadfast – when we take time to stop, and to focus on God, giving Him our full attention.
The late Eugene Petersen encouraged people to make themselves “unbusy”, and one of the best selling Christian books this year is John Mark Comer’s “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” – both point to the need for us to slow down, and quieten down, so we can hear God’s voice and feel His touch; so we can build up a relationship of trust as we spend more time with God and less time rushing around doing things for God in a mistaken attempt to keep Him happy. We have already seen how the world is beginning to heal as a result of less human rushing around – so why not us, too?
Coronavirus itself is not a good thing. But the Bible tells us that God can and does bring good out of every single thing, good or bad. So let some good come to your soul – use your extra time to draw near to God, knowing that as you do, He will draw near to you. And the closer we get to God, the more of His peace – His Shalom – we receive, and the more we learn to trust Him. A steadfast mind comes from knowing God’s peace, and God’s peace deepens when our minds are steadfast and fixed on Him. it’s a win win situation!
So find a quiet place. Focus your mind and heart on God, and let Him bring peace and healing to your soul. You can trust Him. He’s got this. He’s got you.