My husband and I received a phone call from our daughter who is a junior in college. She said, “I don’t know what’s wrong, but I’m just feeling extremely anxious this year.”
Aren’t we all feeling anxious this year; waiting for the “proverbial shoe to drop” and the global shut down to resume once more? How many more people will get sick, or worse, die of this virus? How many more businesses will close? Who else will get laid off or furloughed?
2 Chronicles 20:12 says, “We have no power to face this…. We do not know what to do but our eyes are upon you.”
I may say, “My eyes are on God”, but I must admit that most of the time my eyes are on me. My solution to any crisis is to work a bit harder; stay up even later; get up a bit earlier. This past Spring contained a necessary reminder for me that I can plan all I want and work as hard as I can, but ultimately God is in control.
Lest you see this as a dismal doomsday message, let’s be reminded of Psalm 17:8 where we are referred to as the apple of His eye. In Romans 8:28 we are told that God works for our good. Then in Jeremiah 11:29 we read that God has plans to proper us, not to harm us.
God has our good in mind and He loves us more than we can even imagine. We are still living in a time of social unrest, financial instability, political upheaval and divisiveness, and a global pandemic, but we can be at peace in HIm. Philippians 4: 6-7 reads “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.
We may not know what to do, but God does! We have no power to face this on our own, but we can face life and still our anxieties as we rest in God’s powerful embrace. May we experience His peace as we keep our eyes on Him, knowing that His eyes are always on us for we are the apple of His eye.