5. Watch Where You Look
As you focus on who God is, you get a different perspective. As your eyes are on Jesus, like Peter’s were in John 14:22-33, you can also walk by faith.
But when you look at the wind and waves around you, like Peter, you will slip down. The good news is, God will reach down immediately and pull you up again. He’s that close to you. Psalm 46:1 says that God is your refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble. He’s there. He’s always there.
The world is scared right now. They read and hear what’s happening not only here, but in other countries and fear grabs onto us. But God is still here. And he is sovereign. While some of the news we hear surprises us, nothing surprises our God.
Paul said in 2Corinthians 12:9-11, when he is weak, then he is strong. He talked about his hardships, persecutions, difficulties. The only reason Paul was strong was that God became his strength. And God offers that to you and me as well (Matthew 11:28). God offers rest.
Look around. There are scared people everywhere. Some of them have nothing to hold. Some know nothing of God’s Word and God’s presence. Christians, living by faith, can be the ones to share. For when we all put truth into our minds, God gives a peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7).
You may not feel like a rock some days, but you can lead others to the one who is our rock (Psalm 18:31 and 2 Samuel 22:2).
6. Pray without Ceasing
God says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. As I journal, I pray for people with cancer, those struggling in their relationships, those with financial needs. I pray because God is the answer to all of our problems:
God is Jehovah Jireh, the one who meets our needs.
God is Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals.
God is Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there.
Hebrews 4:16 invites you to come before your Holy God and to place your requests before him. Some people know nothing about that. If Christians answer his call to fill our minds with truth about God, if we take his hand, and keep our eyes on him, people around us will notice something different. And then we may have the opportunity to give an answer of the hope that lies within us (1Peter 3:15).
When people are scared, they are looking for answers to dispel their fears. Those of us who know the Lord personally and are walking in faith can offer answers others need.
People need a rock to hold onto, and you and I can lead them to that rock.