Christian Response Resources

Faith Community Nurses International: Prayer in the Context of COVID-19: Implications for Faith Community Nurses

Canadian Bible Society: Words of Comfort - Bible Verses of Hope for Tough Times

NCF Blog: Nurse Senses Jesus Amid COVID

HOPE: A Devotional

The Love We Have to Give Bible Study 

Encounters with Jesus Bible Study

March 20th Webinar Recording- Coronavirus: Strategies for Spiritual Caregivers: Our thanks to the Westberg Institute for making this webinar & PowerPoint available. Please continue to check the CDC for the latest information.  

A Christian Healthcare Worker's Response to COVID-19

Key Ministry: Safety in God in the Time of Coronavirus

NCF Blog: Christian Response to Outbreak 

The Gospel Coalition: 8 Things the Coronavirus Should Teach Us

Medical Missions Blog: Coronavirus and Missions: Finding the Balance Between Facts and Faith

All Things Coronavirus: Communication for Churches & Large Group Gatherings 10 Ways Christians Can Exemplify Faith and Peace During COVID-19

NCF Bible Studies

Devotional: A New Thing for Changing Times 

Jen Wojtysiak, BS, ThM, NCF Student Ministries Director

Isaiah 43:18-19 (English Standard Version)

“Remember not the former things,

    nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

 now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

    and rivers in the desert.”

Scary headlines in the news, rapidly changing culture, growing levels of anxiety and loneliness on campuses and in our communities around the US - all these real and hard issues can be overwhelming! With the development of technology, our culture changes more rapidly. Information spreads faster and farther causing us to be easily overwhelmed. As a follower of Jesus it can be easy to wring our hands or throw them up in exasperation and cry “What are we to do?” 

The prophet Isaiah starts out Isaiah 43 with the command to “fear not." He continues in this chapter of Isaiah to remind the Israelites of the reasons to fear not, he reminds them of all God has already done and all He has promised to do. That brings us to verse 18-19 where the people of Israel are reminded that God is doing a “new thing.” 

As we look out into the world we may not be convinced of this. But rest assured, the Lord is not silent, distant, or absent from what is going on around us. He is at work, and is doing something new in our world and culture. Our God is so big and so powerful the changes around us might just be what ushers in a new movement of God. We can move forward with faith, trust, and hope in his ability to work all things for good amidst changing times!