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Strong in Adversity

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When you put your faith in God’s promise in Psalm 91, you don’t have to fear any pandemic. You can live at peace, without dread of evil, confident that God has delivered you from coronavirus, swine flu and every other plague.

God has us covered! He knew thousands of years ago that COVID-19 would be a worldwide pandemic. Therefore, He provided us with protection against it in His Word.

To have such confidence in our day and age is a great blessing because we’re living in what the Bible calls “the last days.” Second Timothy 3:1 says these days will be “perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]” (AMPC). They won’t be impossible to bear though. Even at their worst, they’ll just be hard.

There’s a significant difference between impossible and hard. We can deal with and overcome hard things. It just takes increased strength and determination. Where do we get that strength?

From God’s Word.

The Word of God has the power to carry us through any situation. To lift us up when circumstances try to get us down. It enables us to remain calm no matter what’s going on around us and say like the psalmist did, “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands” (Ps. 119:143).

We don’t have to be pathetic, weak people who let these troubled times overcome us. We can tap into God’s supernatural strength by filling our hearts with the Scriptures. As Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33, NKJV).

It sounds simple, I know, but it’s the truth: A consistent, daily time of prayer and meditation in God’s Word can give you all the power you need to be strong in this time of pandemic. Neglecting the Word, on the other hand, will leave you lacking. If you don’t spend time in the Word in advance, before trouble comes, you’ll be like the person Proverbs 24:10 describes. You’ll “faint in the day of adversity, [because] your strength is small” (NKJV).

The Living Bible says, “You are a poor specimen if you can't stand the pressure of adversity.” Ouch! I don’t ever want to be thought of as a poor specimen, do you? A poor specimen is a person who is fainthearted. It’s a Christian who worries, for example, at the very thought of trouble. Instead of meditating on the answers found in the promises of God, a worrier meditates on what if….

What if I catch the coronavirus?

What if a student brings a gun to my child’s school and begins shooting students?

Worrying about such things is a sign that your spiritual strength is small or limited. But here’s the good news: You don’t have to stay in that weakened condition.

Any time you make the decision to do so, you can tap into the supernatural power of God. You can build your spiritual muscles by feasting on a steady diet of His Word. As Isaiah 40:29 promises, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” And when you’re walking in His power you can defeat anything that comes against you or your family.

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    Psalm 91 boldly declares “a thousand may fall at your side,” but evil will not come near us—if we trust in God. In the face of alarming newscasts rife with mass shootings, terrorist threats and unpre... read more

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