Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
For many of us, we are confined to our homes for some time, and it is not clear what the future holds. Many are thrust into roles with which we are unfamiliar.
Children are on an extended holiday, and if the weather is restrictive, everyone is feeling a bit of ‘cabin fever.’ Parents have had to take on the role of teacher, daycare, and event coordinator. Spouses have not had to spend this much time together. Our seniors and elderly are more alone than ever.
Some have watched more than their fair share of news coverage of the COVID-19 virus. Others feel the direct effects of their livelihood as the isolation has cut off their source of income, and the information and duration feed their fear.
The child of God should be the one with the answers. Yet, some in the church are trembling with the same fear as the world. Why?
Lack of faith? Maybe.
Allowing faith to take the place of fear takes an earnest effort on the part of every child of God. We now have time to read the Word of God and pray. But do we?
Are we utilizing our time wisely?
Are we behaving ourselves at home in a manner that would be pleasing to our Savior?
Psalm 101:2 “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.”
Would God be pleased with the activity going on within the walls of our homes?
Psalm 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
Think through this with me.
God is Sovereign.
Nothing is happening that has taken God by surprise. He knew it would happen and knows what is to come. He gave his disciples a precious truth in a time they heard disturbing news.
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”
He is in control, and all things will happen as He has planned it would. Our part in the whole scheme of things is to trust Him explicitly with our future. He has promised to meet all our needs.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
If your heart is anxious over the future, your faith needs to be rooted in His promises.
Has God forsaken you and left you desolate? Has God allowed you to starve, go cold, or without shelter?
Psalm 37:23-25 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
All signs indicate we are in the biblical end times. All things point to Christ’s second coming. If that be true (and it is), then we should not be surprised by the deterioration of society, worldwide catastrophes, natural disasters, pestilence, wars, and rumors of war.
Matthew 24:6-8 “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
For the child of God, this is NOT “doom and gloom.”
Yes, we may have to endure hardship, trouble, pain, heartache, sorrow, and much more. But the hope of every Christian is not in the immediate or the temporal. Our lives here do not hold any hope, for it will vanish.
James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
The fleshly part of us wants to be in control. We want to know that the days, weeks, and months ahead will bring some semblance of normalcy again. We want to assure our hearts and calm our fears. We try to accomplish only that which God can do and promises to do for us.
We, who are ambassadors here for the King of Kings, must represent Him in such a way to let others know the difference that Christ makes in this life. That difference must show, be visible, real, and genuine. This confidence is found when the Holy Spirit strengthens our lives.
Be courageous, dear child of God. Bring your fears, doubts, and worries and give them to Him. Let Him replace it with the calm and peace that only He can bring.