what can I learn about God during social isolation?
Updated: May 5
This post was guest written by Matthew Simmons. It was edited by Melissa.
I'm sure many of you reading this right now can relate to just how boring quarantine or social distancing can be. COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we look at life, and with that comes a flood of emotions: fear, depression, anger, boredom, amusement, and peace. Now which one of these does not sound like the other? I'm sure some of you are saying, "I can see all of the other emotions including amusement because of Tiktok, Netflix, and social media, but peace?" To some people, peace is almost impossible to fathom during this time of shelter in place, and I can understand why.
All you have to do is look at headline news and scroll through Facebook to see all the headlines about death, uncertainty, economic turmoil, and of course who can't get enough of all the political banter? Throughout all this, there is one source that brings peace and that source is Jesus Christ. That is where I have found peace.
For me, this quarantine has been a time of great spiritual reflection. I realized that my walk with God wasn't what I thought it was. I was so busy with my life that I forgot to allow God in. Imagine that- the creator of the universe wants to spend time with me on a daily basis and I'm too busy running around doing things that are not nearly as important as God is. How many other individuals can relate to that? Can you relate to that? If you can don't feel condemned for it, just take it as a spiritual assessment. I feel that many of us are experiencing that right now. As a man, I find much of my significance in what I do, and how much I get accomplished. Now while that in and of itself is not wrong; it does have one glaring problem. There is no room for Jesus.
This is where my life has been challenged. I have come to a deeper walk with God through the storm, instead of allowing the storm to dictate my life. This is an important point. If you look at current events and process everything without personal faith in God then it is easy to fall into fear about the state of the world today. If your perspective is centered on the word of God then the peace which passes all understanding will be your companion.
Here are some scriptures that I have received peace from during this time of uncertainty that has brought peace into my life:
Psalm 46:1-God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
1 Peter 5:7-Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.
Philippians 4:7-And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 29:11-The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.
Psalm 91-that is your homework assignment!
I'm sure you weren't expecting homework, but I would challenge anyone reading this blog to search out the scriptures for yourself so that you can grow. In modern-day Christianity we have this habit of listening and depending on our spiritual leaders to provide for our spiritual needs.
“Now these were nobler than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, examining the scriptures daily, whether these things were so. My favorite group of people in the bible are the Berean Jews in Acts. The Scriptures show that they didn't just casually approach the scriptures but rather took an in-depth look at Scripture because they wanted to get more out of their faith. Acts 17:11 says, "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."
Notice that they had an eager approach to searching out the Scriptures compared to others that didn't. The Bereans should be our model in reading our Bible. We should be eager to search out the Bible because when we go gladly to the Scriptures we will discover so many truths within the pages. I have peace in God's plan for me, and in His power not because I heard it in a sermon somewhere, but rather because I personally read and search out the Scriptures for myself. Once you approach the Bible eagerly you will start to see the Bible come to life in your life.
Peace in uncertain times is not unattainable, all you need to do is search in the right place.
- Matthew Simmons
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