Many countries in the world are currently been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been shut down indefinitely as cases of the outbreak continue to climb globally. Right now, the world is currently at a standstill because of the outbreak and at times like this, it is easy for us to become anxious and afraid. For many, their default response to this is fear and panic, but can I tell something? You can choose not to fear.
Here are 4 Coping Strategies to help you remain calm and positive as the world wades through this hard time:
1. Have faith: Now, before you roll your eyes at me, I need you to understand this: as Christians, we are people of faith. We believe the word of God more than anything else. We place God’s word above culture and the media. We hold on to it and we do so steadfastly. Our lives revolve around the word. It is our source and our anchor. Now more than ever is the time to hold on to God’s unchanging word because that’s where our strength comes from.
Our God is greater than any pandemic. The bible says that in his name we will cast out devils, heal the sick..and if we drink any deadly thing, it won’t harm us, hallelujah!
Mark 16: 17-18
17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
We stand on God’s word. We know without an iota of doubt that God wants us to prosper and BE IN GOOD HEALTH even as our soul prospers. This is our reality in Christ Jesus. We know we are preserved by the power of God. We know we are kept so we don’t panic. We don’t fret. We trust in the one who holds the earth in his hands. We trust in the one who has never lost a battle. We know that God is our shield; he protects us from top to bottom. This is the life we have in Christ Jesus. We know that whatever is born of God overcomes the world and any pandemic therein. This is the victory that we have in Christ Jesus. As a believer, this is your reality. Believe it. Hold on to it now more than ever.
2. Take precautions: Like I always say, having faith is not an excuse to excuse your brain. We still live in a physical world. I’ve seen people say they are exercising faith and therefore not taking precautions. That’s not wisdom. That’s foolishness. Did you levitate from your bed when you woke up this morning? Did angels brush your teeth for you? People need to learn to balance things. Listen to public health experts. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. That’s the right thing to do. Faith is not the absence of common sense. It is not the blatant denial of the physical.
When you want to sit on a chair, you have faith that it’s going to carry your weight and not knock you over not because you’ve prayed about it but because you can clearly see from its structure that materials have been carefully put together for that purpose. So let’s do what’s required. Let’s play our part. Take precautions.
3. Guard your heart: At times like this, there’s a tendency for us to be fixated on the news. Now, while it’s great for us to stay abreast on what’s happening with regards to this pandemic, we must also be careful that we do not let fear get the better of us. Listen to the news but listen to God twice as much. You’ve got to be deliberate. Filter the things you read. It is during periods like this that fake news spread like wildfire so be cautious and for God’s sake, don’t open or share every WhatsApp BC you receive on the virus. Many of these messages arent from credible sources.
Choose not to magnify the issue. Believe it or not even in these times, good is still happening. God is still working miracles.⁴ People are receiving Jesus. God is still healing the sick. I know they said many people will lose their jobs as a result of this but guess what? Some people will get richer in this season. Don’t focus on all the bad. Bad news sells. You have to know this. Right now, the devil is not just trying to attack your health, he’s also trying to attack your faith. He wants you to be afraid. That’s why there’s so much panic in the air. Refuse to panic. Guard your heart, my dear friend and guard it jealously. Think on the things that are pure. praiseworthy, virtuous, commendable as Paul listed in Philippians 4: 8.
4. Change your Perspective: As you take precautions, stay informed and guard your heart, change your perspective. Maybe this is an opportunity to work on your relationship with your spouse or kids. Maybe this is the time to work on that business plan you’ve been putting off for years. Maybe now is the time to record that podcast, to write that book or shoot that YouTube video. Maybe this is the time to spend more time with God- you didn’t have the time all this while because of your demanding job. Maybe this is just an opportunity to rest!! You wake up at 4 am every day and go to bed at 12 (even during weekends), that’s a huge strain on your health. For some of you maybe this is the time to work out. For some, maybe this is an opportunity to think and assess your life. You can finally get some alone time and really plan and strategise for the future. So change your perspective and you’ll cope just fine.
I believe in no time, this crisis will blow over. In the meantime, please keep praying for the world. Please keep praying a solution is found and found fast. Pray for healing for those infected. Let’s not relent in our prayers.
Let’s not forget to also pray for the church. Let’s pray that even in the midst of this, the gospel has free course. We know that this affliction is not of or from God (I hope you know this too; if you don’t, watch out for my next blogpost). So, let’s keep praying that Gospel spreads far and wide even in spite of COVID-19.
Love and virtual hugs,