Psalm 37:3 calls us to “trust God and do good.” So how can we do good for our friends, family, and neighbors who are quarantined?
We have a direct line to the king of the universe. Let’s use it and pray for people who are quarantined, whose jobs or businesses are at risk, whose family is sick, who are caring for the sick, and who feel overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. Romans 8:26-27 says, “We don’t know what to pray for as we ought to; but that same spirit pleads on our behalf, with groanings too deep for words. And the Searcher of Hearts knows what the spirit is thinking, because the spirit pleads for God’s people according to God’s will.”
2. Call isolated people.
Whether you’re quarantined or not, you can make a phone call and encourage someone. Ask them how they are doing. Share a verse that has encouraged you. Talk about your day. Try to laugh together. Even a short call makes a big difference when someone is lonely.
3. Offer to pick up groceries.
For many high-risk people, the prospect of going to the grocery story is scary and dangerous. Do it for them and leave the groceries on the stoop. Maybe even leave a short note encouraging them.
4. Text encouraging blogs, podcasts, and emails.
It’s easy to send texts that only stoke more fear. Help those you love find encouragement from God by sharing any resources that have personally encouraged you.
5. Share Jesus-centered content with non-Christians.
If someone you love isn’t Christian, find an encouraging resource and text it to them. Say something like, “I know you’re not religious, but I found this really encouraging and thought you might enjoy it.” God is always turning bad things into good—Coronavirus may very well lead many people to Jesus. In China, being a Christian in public is illegal, but it hasn’t stopped the church from announcing the love of God. Let’s follow their examples.
We worship the God who not only risked his life but gave it to rescue us. Now, he empowers us to go do likewise. The apostle Paul put it well, “Welcome one another, therefore, as the Messiah has welcomed you, to God’s glory” (Rom. 15:7). Let’s show Jesus to the world by loving one another.
Looking for more sources of encouragement for yourself and to share with others? Check out these resources about what the Bible says about fear, anxiety, and trusting God.