There is much uncertainty and anxiety due to the profound effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people have lost loved ones and are grieving. Many have also lost their source of income and are facing an uncertain future. Furthermore, the shelter in place measures, the lack of social interaction, and the uncertainty of knowing the end of this unprecedented season, have caused many people to lose their peace and their sense of security. Recently, the Christian Post carried the headline, “Pandemic spikes prescriptions for depression, anxiety, insomnia as expert warns of mental health crisis.” The pandemic has certainly fueled increased stress, worry and anxiety in the lives of many individuals.
But we as believers, who know God’s peace, have the opportunity to introduce our friends, neighbors and everyone in our sphere of influence to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ascribes to Jesus the title, Prince of Peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace because He is the answer and the solution to any trouble. Jesus is Lord over sickness, disease, death, lack, worry, fear and anxiety. He encourages us to look up to Him for help. Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I lift my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth,” (NIV). Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus,” (NIV).
Jesus gives the antidote to fear, worry and anxiety in Philippians 4:6-7; “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace (shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace) which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus,” (AMPC).
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will guard him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You,” (AMPC). Be a voice for the gospel. Wear Scriptures and help others to find their peace in Jesus, the Prince of Peace.