I was sad to hear yesterday that during this coronavirus pandemic domestic violence worldwide is up 20%. Any violence against loved ones in the family is wrong and is problematic. To know it has increased 20% is very concerning and motivates me to pray.
Rising numbers of sicknesses, unemployment, and parents home schooling has increased anxiety and stress in the home. Many of us have experienced increased relational friction because we have been home alone going on five months.
Mandatory stay at home orders are wonderful for bonding a family and spending quality time together. But after many months it can be a challenge because the weaknesses in relationships get amplified. Lack of social interaction with your network of friends and family increases the effects of isolation.
Experts say the “info-demic” via social media and news reports about protests, riots, forced quarantine and constant negative data on Covid-19 can produce acute panic, anxiety, obsessive behaviors, hoarding, paranoia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. All of it can make us frustrated, restless, and anxious. We must resist taking it out on others.
FYI, if you are upset about this whole thing and how it has negatively affected your family you can channel your anger at the Satan. We can squarely blame this bat-hosted, unclean virus on the devil and declare the Lord rebuke him for trying to destroy people’s lives, health, income, and faith worldwide.
How does a believer in Jesus respond to these extreme challenges?
First, guard what enters your mind and heart. Negative news, discouraging reports, violent and scary entertainment, too much social media can all taint your heart. Proverbs 4:23 says, "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life."
Secondly, feed your mind and spirit with positive things. Philippians 4:8 says what we fill our minds with has a profound impact on us. "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Thirdly, build your faith. Psalms 143:5 says, "I ponder all your great works and think about what You have done.” Remember how great God is and the many wonderful things He has done for you. With that gratitude in your heart you can face this.
Fourthly, and most importantly, know who you are. You are God’s masterpiece. He has created you anew in Christ. (Eph 2:10) Don’t base your identity on what you do. Your identity is in Christ and what He thinks of you is what is most important. Live life knowing who you are. Nothing can deter or bring you down, because you know whose you are. “You belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.” (1 Cor 3:23)
Despite whatever circumstances you are facing, the Bible says we should be content in all things. We are to take all of our concerns to the Lord. We can only do that by putting Jesus first in our lives. Nothing takes the place of Him—not the job, or ministry. He is our everything. Life is not about what we do but who we are.
I do want to pray for you if you want to share your prayer requests or concerns. Please comment with your response or request.