What a different world we are now in! State governments have closed schools, many stores, dine-in restaurants and have mandated shelter-at-home. Covid-19, with worldwide response, is presenting us with a variety of temptations to fear. Is my life at risk? My family? How will the economy affect me? What will I do if I lose my job? Are my aging parents safe? This situation makes obvious that we have far less control over our lives than we think.
Yet, for Christians, we know there is one, and only one–God–who is in control. Because we know Him personally, we also know that we can cast our cares upon God for He cares for us. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. We need not fear. Our times are in His hands, good, kind, and powerful hands–trustworthy hands. (1 Pet. 5:7; Ps 31:15; Ps. 46)
Isn’t this also a time of great opportunities?
- Trials are opportunities to show our love to God by how we put off worry and anger and put on trust and joy.
(“Considerate all joy, my brethren, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance…” ~ James 1:2-3)
- Trials are opportunities to love others with service and self-sacrifice.
(“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” ~ John 15:13)
- Trials are opportunities to grow in holiness.
(“…we also exult in our tribulations, know that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint…” ~ Romans 5:3-5)
Meanwhile, our dear pastors around the world have been publishing an abundance of articles and videos to comfort and guide us. Be sure to thank your pastor. Attached are a few links that have encouraged me this past week.
The website http://www.cbcfortworth.org/resources/elder-messages hosts a series of short videos produced by elders at Calvary Bible Church in Ft. Worth, Texas, directed at encouraging their own church members. I started with the one on Psalm 46 and found it very encouraging. The one on Psalm 121 ended with a few very doable ideas for how to serve others at this time.
John MacArthur (18 minutes, interview style)
Steve Lawson’s devotional from Psalm 23:1
Calvinism in the time of Coronavirus
Jesus is King–Not the Corona Virus https://www.biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/2020/03/16/jesus-is-king-not-the-coronavirus/?utm_source=Supporters&utm_campaign=e3f75f485c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_28_10_47_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_943e0c2e65-e3f75f485c-252996781