Take the lockdown one day at a time
Lockdown and self-isolation for 28 days. When I first heard the announcement, my mind went into overdrive trying to work out what this all meant and how I and others would handle it. For many people it is very daunting challenging and for some even frightening.
I’m grateful to God that I was drawn to a wonderful passage of scripture found of all places in the book of Lamentations chapter 3: 22-23 through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, Great is Your faithfulness.
One of keys in this Covid-19 crisis and self-isolation is to face one day at a time. Don’t look too far ahead. God gives us new mercy and grace every day. You have enough grace to get successfully through today, but you don’t have grace for tomorrow. As you take one day at a time you will find you have enough of God’s mercy and help to can get you through today, then tomorrow then next day for as long as necessary.
Always remember you are stronger than you think, smarter and you realize and more loved by God than you could ever imagine.
Another key is the word expectation, which can be seen as similar to faith. The Bible says in Matthew 9:29 ‘according to your faith be it unto you. ‘We tend to get in life what we expect or believe will happen. If you think the 28 days will be a nightmare or incredibly difficult that may well be what you get. I want to encourage you to have a positive expectation, that with God’s help you can successfully come through the 28 days in good heart and in great shape. Expect God to do amazing things during this time. If you have children expect them to behave incredibly well, to become like angels. Have a positive and not negative expectation. Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’ God is always working for your good, for the good each day, it will be there.
You will get through this and come out stronger, closer to God and others.
Love and blessings,
Ps. Tak Bhana
President, Bible Society New Zealand