Welcome to April and Springtime!

Spring! When the ice melts and the ground thaws. Spring. When the cold winds cease, and the sun comes back with its warmth. A time of blooming flowers and green trees. We look forward to spring, after the winter’s cold. Spring is not summer. No. Summer is still coming. But spring is welcome. Spring speaks of hope, of newness, of the warmth that is to come. When we see spring, we know that summer is coming. We enjoy spring with the hope of the summer to come.

In these times of fear, sickness, and death, there is a tendency to focus on the events around us. It is not good news anywhere in the world. Those who are well are fearful of catching a highly contagious COVID-19. Those who are sick are fearful of death. It is not farfetched, for all around us, we hear of sickness, of death on a daily basis and in huge numbers. Every news media carries the sad news. You can hardly avoid it. Almost everyone is on lockdown. Now we have to live with ourselves and the hurting people around us. It is a time of introspection, of fear, of heightened self-consciousness and nerves. There are job losses, loss of investments, loss of confidence, loss of joy. What do we do?

I ask myself, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?” (Jer. 8:22) In my desperation, I go to the only place where I can find lasting comfort, the Bible. I wish to share a few verses that have comforted and encouraged me in this season. Let me say that I find myself going back to them continually because when I think I have found strength and I am at peace, a news item or a social media post can sometimes steal my peace and I have to remind myself of what I know. In many ways, this is as much a war of the mind as it is of the body. But in all these things, we are more than conquerors! (Rom.8:37)

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. Rom. 15: 4 AMP

 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him. 2 Cor. 2: 14 AMP

God is to us a God of acts of salvation;
And to [a]God the Lord belong escapes from death [setting us free]. Psalm 68:20

When I am afraid,
I will put my trust and faith in You. Psalm 56: 3 AMP

“You will keep in [a]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both [b]inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],
For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].” Isaiah 26: 3-4 AMP

You are my hiding place; You, Lord, protect me from trouble;
You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Psalm 32: 7 AMP

My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn;
Open your ears to my sayings.
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Do not let them escape from your sight;
Keep them in the center of your heart.
22 
For they are life to those who find them,
And healing and health to all their flesh. Prov. 4: 20-22 AMP

I will stop here for now. There are also many verses on health and healing. Our God is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our healer. As we go through this season, let us travel with hope and faith. Hope for a better tomorrow, when this plague is behind us, and faith that our God will take us through it all victoriously, and we will come out the better for it, on the other side.

I pray for you today. May you find hope and encouragement in the word of God. May the Lord comfort you and give you His peace.

May you find rest in Him, and may His word be your shield and buckler. I pray that the name of Jesus will be a strong tower for you and you will hide in Him throughout this period and beyond.

May the Lord bless and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you. Amen!

Enjoy this piece of music: Your Name is a Strong Tower by Nathaniel Bassey