14th June 2020, Sunday
Cure for anxiety.
By elder Bryan Lee. 李惠隆
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10
The Covid19 pandemic is still raging fiercely in the world.
After half a year the world is still a dangerous place because of the virus. We can only be safe until a vaccine is found.
We have seen the epicenter of the virus moved from China to Europe and then to the US. Now the epicenter is in South America. In a few weeks, it will move to the African continent. There is no escape. The death toll is unprecedented in recent memory.
The only way of escaping this virus is lockdown or in the definition of the above verse…..”Be still”
Mighty nations have been brought to their knees.
Planes have to stop flying, ships stop sailing, cars stop running and mankind stops walking and stays at home.
The whole world has to come to a standstill by an invisible virus.
The financial, emotional and psychological impact is on a magnitude we have not seen before.
It has caused so much chaos in the world and impacted our everyday life into what we now called a new normal way of living for which we all are trying to adjust.
In the midst of pain everywhere we are asking “God what are you trying to say to us ?”
CS Lewis in his book “The Problem of Pain” wrote this “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
The pandemic, in my opinion, is definitely God’s megaphone announcing we are not in control. He is.
Many of us have been saddled with various kinds of anxieties as a result of this pandemic for which we have no control.
When trouble hits, don’t strive against God. Know that He is the sovereign Lord who cares for us and tells us to cast ALL our anxieties on him(1 Pet 5:7). He will be exalted and glorified in the earth. He wants us to exalt Him by submitting joyfully to Him even in the midst of trouble.
“Be still and know that I am God” the psalmist says.
Lord forgive us that sometimes we act as if we are in control of our own destiny. But a pandemic like this shows that we are not. You are God almighty. We affirm that you are God in good times and also in bad times and we give glory to you because you are the sovereign Lord in control and because of this we can be still and have peace in the midst of the raging storm around us.
Thank you that our burdens are lifted at Calvary. In Jesus Name. Amen.