As we have been navigating Covid-19 for the past several weeks, it has become apparent that there are many of us who are finding the resulting changes exhausting, as we discussed in last week’s post about being weary. But for many of us, we are not only weary, but wary. Concern about our businesses, our finances, our families, our communities and our health is causing us to be fearful, stressed, and on high alert.
So how are we to cope when we are feeling wary? As Christian business women, we are reminded to turn to God when we open His Word and seek His guidance:
1. Keep looking to Him for direction.
“Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along His path.” (Psalm 37:34)
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
2. Keep your focus only on what you can do today.
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
“Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord Himself and not merely for others.” (Colossians 3:23 TPT)
3. Keep seeking Him as your source of Peace.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are set on you, because they trust in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15)
4. Keep in mind how much He loves you.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“The Lord your God is with you, the mighty warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
5. Keep praying, inviting Him to provide for all your needs.
“God gives me a spirit not of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
God, I thank You that You were not taken by surprise by the recent corona-virus. Thank you for reminding me that Your character and promises never change, and remain true despite what I might be feeling or seeing. Help me to keep my eyes, my mind, my heart, my hope and my trust solely upon You. I acknowledge my wariness, but no longer want it to be in control over my decision making. May I follow Your lead as I put my faith in You, and see each day how You will meet that day’s needs. Increase my faith so that I see You larger than any concern I might have.
Just as it has taken a crisis like Covid-19 to build up over time, so will it take time to change your mindset. With God’s help, you can trade in your wariness for reassurance that He is with you, for you, and loves you. Taking each wary thought captive, and asking yourself whose voice is speaking right now is the way to filter your thoughts, just as you filter through the decisions you face each day at work to know if it is something to be dealt with immediately, schedule in at another time, or hand off to someone else to handle. In this case, a thought of fear which comes to mind is either from you, or the enemy, for God reminds us that He doesn’t not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:6-7). If it is not a concern which usually would come to mind, it is not yours and so needs to be taken in prayer to God to exchange for His peace. If you are wary about your future, combat your concern with His Word, such as the reminder that every detail of our lives will be worked into something good by God (Romans 8:28).
As His children, we need not be full of worry or wariness. God is constantly ready and wanting to connect with us and release His promises and power into our daily lives. As you look back at how He has provided for you in the past, ask Him to help boost your faith so He becomes bigger than any concern you may have. Take time every day and spend it in prayer, giving Him all your worries, fears, and needs as well as anything you are thankful for. He is waiting to meet you where you are, and lead you where you are to go as you place your trust in Him.
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG)
Karla, Christian Women at Work