Read and reflect on Romans 8:26–39.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. –Lamentations 3:22–23 ESV
I keep in touch with a number of high school classmates on Facebook. One of them recently posted his thoughts on the uncertainty of the times:
“You can’t leave the house for any reason, but if you have to, you can.”
“Stores are closed, except those that are open.”
“Gloves won’t help, but they can still help.”
“The virus has no effect on children except those it affects.”
“You will have many symptoms when you are sick, but you could be sick without symptoms, or have symptoms without being sick.”
Confused? I think we all are. Even the experts. While they’re trying to understand COVID-19, it seems this virus has a mind of its own and outwits them at almost every turn.
The only certainty these days, it seems, is uncertainty.
But despite all the ambiguity and uncertainty, there are things of which we can we certain.
I don’t know about you, but faith gives me certainty amid the uncertainty because it gives me focus. And I choose to focus on God:
First, I believe GOD IS IN CONTROL, and He knows what He’s doing. I don’t believe He sent the virus, but He’s using it to draw people to faith—saving faith and deeper faith. I believe He has a plan and purpose for everything, and will work all things together for good (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28). Circumstances may be out of our control, but they are never out of God’s.
Second, I believe GOD IS FAITHFUL. He always does what He says He will do. You can trust Him completely. He is a promise maker and a promise keeper. The Bible is full of His promises. I recently started a Promise Journal in which I write the promises I find in God’s Word. I choose to focus on the faithfulness of God, not the numbers, the shortages, or the disease. Because I’ve experienced God’s faithfulness in the past, I can trust Him in the present and for my future.
Finally, I believe GOD SEES ME, HEARS ME, AND LOVES ME. That’s why, in times of need, I can go boldly, not timidly, to His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). And if that old enemy, doubt, comes sneaking around and tries to mess with my mind and heart, I whip out the sword of Psalm 139 (and other verses) and wield it. The Word of God is active and powerful, sharper than any double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Resist doubt and it will flee (James 4:7).
Despite the uncertainty of these days, I can be certain of God’s sovereignty, faithfulness, and love.
And so can you.
Almighty God, thank You for the certainty You give me during these uncertain times. Thank You that I can cling to Your Word and have peace amid the pandemic. Amen.
EXTRA TEA: Job 38–41; 42:1–6;
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