How to Survive the Pandemic
Believe me; I know the struggle is real. Already in a difficult situation financially and personally, with grown kids that are having struggles of their own, I was at the end of all my own resources. My wife and I had maxed out credit cards and still were not keeping up. We began leaning on faith in God during times of anxiety.
An already difficult situation was made worse as the pandemic set our company’s clients in a tailspin of not knowing what decisions to make in the face of the unknown. Many of them chose to push the time of decision down the road, leaving us with diminished income.
God, what more can I do?
You may find yourself in such a situation. You’ve tried everything and even asked for help from family and friends. But in my situation, with no other way out, I made the best decision I could.
I hope to encourage you to begin leaning on faith in God during times of anxiety.
If you don’t yet know God in a personal way, I invite you to watch the FREE GIFT video on this page.
Give Your Anxiety to God
My Christian faith had always been the foundation of my life. It has affected my decision-making, my relationships, my charitable giving, and my vocation…everything I have done. Not to say I have always made sound decisions or done what was right.
I have failed and there have been times when I have rebelled against the very things that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has commanded. However, I am practicing leaning on faith in God during times of anxiety.
So when I finally sit down, pick up my Bible and give in to the desire to know Him, God is ready to speak to me.
He is speaking to you too. You have carried the burden of anxiety by yourself too long. It is time to give it to God.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of helplessness in the face of overwhelming obstacles. It can lead to fear, which can make even strong men stop in their tracks, unable to make a move.
After all, if you can’t even manage you own life…your own household, how can you expect to get out of the situation you are in?
Bible Quotes About Anxiety
There are answers for you in the Bible, which is the Word of God. Even the great men of faith who wrote the Bible had Anxiety. King David, who wrote most of the Psalms, says:
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.Psalm 94:19
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts.Psalm 139:23
God even calls David a man after His own heart. And still he had these struggles.
In the Book of James, in the New Testament, we are told to:
Consider it all joy…when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
But the first step in each of these helpful verses is to talk to God.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
God Knows Your Anxious Heart and has a Plan for You
You see God made you just like you are. He knows the very inner most thoughts you have. He knows the struggles you face. He knows the very sins you have committed, or even thought of.
But still, He wants you to turn to Him. He asks you to talk to Him. He is waiting for you to take a moment and tell Him what your needs are.
He wants you to ask Him to help.
Peter was a follower of Jesus. He was a fisherman by vocation, but when Jesus met him and told him to follow him, Peter did. He worked with Jesus for 3 years, and even spoke boldly when Jesus asked him, “Who do you say that I am?”
Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!” But when Jesus was arrested and would the next day be executed, Peter had no hope.
He knew the bitter reality of anxiety, fearing that he too might be killed. When asked if He had been with Jesus, he denied it three times. Each time he was more emphatic than the time before.
There is a Purpose for Your Life
But God had plans for Peter. Jesus rose from the dead. And one of the first things He did was to restore His relationship with Peter. He enabled Peter to be a leader in the Christian Church.
Years later, Peter wrote about anxiety in the Bible too.
1 Peter 5:7 encourages us to depend on God,
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
And He does. God loves you so much. He cares about the smallest and the biggest details of your life. He has a plan and purpose for you.
He wants you to stop right now and tell him what your fears and anxieties are.
Prayer for Forgiveness and Salvation
He wants you to take the first step toward knowing Him. He is waiting for you to simply say,
“God, I can’t do it by myself. I need you. I believe you are the God who created me. I believe that Jesus is your Son. I believe that He died for my sins, for my fears…my anxiety. I know You want me to know You and to cast all my cares upon You. I am sorry for not obeying all the things You have told me to do. I turn my life over to you. Thank you for loving me, God.”
The Bible is clear! Romans 10:9 promises us,
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in you heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
If you said a prayer like the one above, and if you meant it, you have a new life. You have a new start with God.
You can know Him more by reading His Word, The Bible, and you can talk to Him any time you want by praying. You can ask Him for wisdom, for help, for understanding. You can confess your sins, you can ask Him to help your family and friends. God wants to walk with you every day.
A big part of this New Life is to join with a local group of fellow believers. Attending church and learning about God, and worshiping Him is a vital step of knowing Him more.
He wants you to know that there is hope in Him. Cast your cares on Him, because He cares about you!
If you want to ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, I invite you to watch the FREE GIFT video on this page.