How To Cope With The Current Lockdown
Cope With Lockdown
At a time like this, there is need for us to encourage each other. Many Christians depend solely on what is preached in Church every Sunday. Some don’t have the capacity to pray alone for hours. The outbreak of Coronavirus has made many countries to ban public gathering, especially religious gathering.
The idea of running online services has only produced a lukewarm response from worshippers. Because some churches in Nigeria have chunk of members who are illiterate or who have no access to gadgets to browse. Then, what do we do for our love for God not to grow cold? How do we cope with the lockdown?
Cope With The Lockdown
(1) Take Preventive Measures
Preventive measures have been stated by World Health Organization (WHO). Do not see people in power as your enemies. The lockdown that has been declared in some States is to help in curtailing the spread of Coronavirus. Wash your hands frequently and stay at home as much as you can. Also, keep a safe distance, and cover your cough.
Most of us are aware of these measures that have been put in place to fight this enemy of man.
Matthew 26:41 (NIV) says, ”Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation…”
It is not enough to pray. The Bible enjoins us to watch and pray. So, let’s be watchful. Watch and pray so that you will not be the victim of COVID-19.
(2) Grow Spiritually
Many of us are not even going to work. We should take advantage of this opportunity to develop ourselves in our walk with God. Instead of doing irrelevant ‘challenge’ online that doesn’t contribute to one’s growth and development. Challenge yourself in a good way.
If you have never read all the books in the Bible, this should be the good time to do that. Start from Genesis and purpose in your heart to complete it before this year runs out. You can even post this as a ‘challenge’ on social media. You will find serious minded Christians who will join you.
Listen, the best way to kill boredom is read the mind of God — His Word. Develop your faith by reading and hearing His Word (Rom 10:17). Additionally, make sure you increase the time you spend in God’s presence this time. You can’t spend time in God’s presence and regret it.
When Jesus took his three of disciples to the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter said to Jesus in Matthew 17:4, ”It is good for us to be here…” The time they spent in His presence must have been splendid for a former fisherman to have said that.
Emphatically, I have said to believers who said they are bored at home to find a quiet place to pray. The problem we have is that we really do not want to grow. Dear friend, this is the time to develop yourself in the place of prayer. Grow in the Word. This time will soon be over.
(3) Be Positive
Obviously, a lot of people are dying of Coronavirus daily and many are being infected on a daily basis. Hence, as believers, we are to walk by faith not by sight ( 2 Cor 5:7). In other words. we are not to allow the things we see or hear to control us.
No matter what you see on Television or what you hear on Radio. Be positive. Do not join those who propagate fake news that breeds fear. Job said, the very thing he feared came upon him (Job 3:25). If you fear something to much, you will be subject to it. Concentrate more on the news that breeds hope and confidence in God.
Stay safe. Eat good food and distribute to those who do not have. Spread the message that bring hope to the heart of men. Rest assured, God is a covenant keeping God. He has promised not to bring horrible diseases on His children (Deu 7:15).
You can share how you have been coping with the lockdown in the comment section.