Happy Sunday everyone!
I saw an article this week about a doctor in America that killed herself because she felt discouraged that she couldn’t help more people, according to her sister. It was so sad to hear that she killed herself, one, and two, that she did it because she couldn’t see that she was actually making a difference in the lives of COVID-19 patients.
It had me thinking about how a Christian and non-Christian can respond during “bad” seasons, in general (no way does this describe everyone in these categories). A non-Christian, not believing that there is a God, can easily get discouraged and give up. However, a Christian can place their hope and trust in God, knowing that He will work all things for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). They can stand on the promise that God is with them wherever they go (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV), so they can be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9). They can say with certainty that God is a way maker (Isaiah 43:18-19), miracle worker (Luke 17:11-19), promise keeper (Jeremiah 29:11), and light in the darkness (Psalms 119:105). So even though they may not see God working or feel God working in their situation, they know by faith that He is.
There are a lot of things this quarantine is exposing in our world, our country, our families, and ourselves. One thing in particular that the quarantine is exposing, are the people and things that we put our trust in. Our trust is in our intelligence, street smarts, money, job, relationships, leadership, and much more. However, many of these things have been removed from the lives of many people…not because God is punishing us, but by happen chance. **I won’t try to guess why COVID-19 is happening or if God caused it to happen. But instead of grieving these temporary loses (ex: jobs), we should count this time as joy that the root of our trust was exposed. And now, we can place our trust in God, who will last longer than these temporary sources. For what God provides is so much better.
The Gospel is simple. Jesus came down from Heaven, was born of the virgin Mary, walked among the people He helped create, lived a sinless life, yet died for the sins of everyone! Then three days after His horrible death, He rose with all power and victory. Jesus has done all the hard work for your salvation (deliverance of sin and separation from God), all you have to do is believe…believe that He did all of this for you. He loves you and has great plans for you. Just trust and believe in Him to unlock all the great things He has for you. Will you choose to live a life on your own, getting beat down by every wave that comes your way? Or will you choose to live an abundant life with Christ, who will be your source and give you strength through it all?
If you want to accept God into your life and receive all that He has for you in life, say this prayer with me. The words are not magical, but it’s the heart behind the words. “Dear God, I believe you came down to Earth, died for my sins, and rose from the grave three days later. I accept you as my Lord and my Savior. I believe that you have great things for me (like joy and peace), if I trust in You. So Lord, I will trust you…even when I don’t understand or can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. In Jesus name, Amen.”
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Peace and Blessings,