There has been diligent effort taken over the past several weeks to protect the health of our family, neighbor, and selves. We’ve kept our distance from those outside of our home. We’ve been careful to sanitize our shopping carts before we grab them and head into the grocery store. We’ve been diligent to wash our hands after coming back in the home, and before we eat. But have we been as diligent to renew our minds as we have been to wash our hands? Have we taken up the same effort to guard our hearts and minds as we have been to guard the health of those that we love?
As we receive new statistics and news on the Coronavirus, it can be easy for our minds to be consumed with all of the bad news. We can end up playing the “what if” game as we imagine all of the worst case scenarios. So how do we keep from running wild with fearful and anxious thoughts during this time?
First, instead of letting our thoughts take us captive, we need take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). In other words, submit all thoughts to scrutiny. All of our viewpoints. All of the ideas running around in our heads. Everything we think is to be submitted to the scrutiny of God’s Word. Whether it’s our own thoughts or the thoughts of others, whatever doesn’t line up with the Word of God needs to be cast aside.
Second, we need to continually fill our minds with things that are true. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” The command to dwell on these things is the continual practice of setting or fixing your mind on these things.
We need to saturate our minds with the truth of God’s Word through memorizing and meditating on Scripture – especially the parts of Scripture that declare to us who God is. So that in those moments when are tempted to be anxious and fearful, we can quickly recall the wonderful truths of God, and respond with trust in God and not with fear.
Isaiah 41:10 'Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'