We live in extraordinary occasions. As I write this, there are almost 1.5 million confirmed instances of the novel Coronavirus throughout the globe. By the point you learn this, properly in all probability have surpassed 85,000 COVID-19-related deaths. I dont must let you know that life as we all know it has modified dramatically over the previous few weeks.
The arrival of this virus in our nation has uncovered a defective theology that many American and Western believers ascribe to: that we as Christians are someway exempt from hardship and struggling.
But its turn into fairly clear over the past couple of weeks that we’re not invincible. Whether or not immediately or not directly by the lack of employment, personally contracting the virus, or God forbid, the lack of a beloved one COVID-19 is poised to prick us all.
I additionally don’t say this to incite panic. I’m praying and believing that this pandemic will finish swiftly. But that’s small consolation to those that are within the throes of loss and heartbreak proper now. Im afraid that if we dont use the precise lens to border our struggling, there might be many casualties of the religion on the closure of this ordeal.
I pray that these questions and reflections will assist us alter our perspective presently.
May God shield us from this plague? Completely. I can’t deny the ability of God. I consider that as we come to phrases with our frailties, we place ourselves to obtain therapeutic and miracles.
However maybe He’s calling us to a extra resilient religion like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who had been sentenced to die in a fiery furnace. They stated, “The God we serve is ready to deliverus from it, and he’ll deliverus from Your Majestys hand.However even when he doesn’t, we wish you to know, Your Majesty, that we are going to not serve your gods or worship the picture of gold you’ve gotten arrange (Daniel 3:17-18).
Can we be as unyielding as these three Hebrew boys within the face of dying?
Job was a trustworthy and righteous man who misplaced his wealth, his youngsters, the whole lot. And nonetheless, he was capable of say: Although he slay me, but will I belief in him (Job 13:15).
Can we make that sort of declaration about God at the hours of darkness seasons of life?
King David plead with God in sackcloth and fasting to spare his toddler son. However when the child died, the Bible says that David obtained up from the ground, washed himself, put lotions on, and altered his garments. Then he went into theLords home to worship (2 Samuel 12:19).
Can we worship God with out resentment, even when the ache had been going by appears introduced on by the Lord, Himself?
We serve a God who spared the Israelites from a lot of the plagues that the Egyptians in Exodus. Absolutely He may He have made a distinction between non-believers and saints when it got here to the Coronavirus.
However maybe He’s relying on us to make the excellence on this state of affairs. How does a follower of Jesus Christ reply to illness and struggling? Since our hope in Jesus goes past this life (1 Cor. 15:19), our response should be totally different from the world.
Even when we’re unscathed by this plague, it’s wholesome for our souls to ponder: Can we nonetheless belief God, even when we lose somebody we love? Will we proceed to declare that He’s good, in the midst of hardship?
Our solutions will matter, lengthy after COVID-19 turns into as treatable because the widespread flu.
I consider God is on the lookout for some “even if I get the coronavirus” and “even if this plague takes somebody I love” saints. Individuals who will serve Him it doesn’t matter what.
Jesus is looking us to a deeper understanding of who He’s.
Struggling has a approach of clearing the non secular fog so we are able to see whats most essential. On the finish of his trials, Job stated: My ears had heard of you however now my eyes have seen you (Job 42:5).
How providential then, is the convergence of this pandemic with Passover and Easter?
Behold the Lamb of God! He who was pierced for our transgressions. He who endured a painful separation from his Father as He bore the sins of the world.
Jesus invitations us into better depths. Put your finger right here; see my palms. Attain out your hand and put it into my aspect (John 20:27)
His resurrected, glorified physique nonetheless bears the scars. Jesus, our Nice Excessive Priest, is just not detached to our ache. As a substitute, he’s proper there with us. He’s a person of struggling,and conversant in ache (Isaiah 53:3).
I pray that this Resurrection Sunday could be not like every other weve skilled in a technology. Not as a result of church buildings are shuttered; however as a result of our sorrows have opened up a divine window of alternative to really see Jesus.
Lets go deep.
Within the energy of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.