Hope for Uncertain Times
During times of tribulation, the foundation of one's faith is revealed. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our society looks to government and science for satisfying their needs and giving them peace and safety.
What hope do medical professionals and scientists give? Perhaps in a year there will be a vaccine. How does that help people today?
Hope is placed in "social distancing." What peace and safety does it give a person when they have to go to the grocery store where they come into contact with people and things touched by people?
Hope is placed in government bailouts. When the government stops sending checks to families and businesses because there is no more money (actually, there is no money, it is being borrowed), where will safety and peace come from next?
All of these foundations for one's faith, or the content of one's faith, never endures and will never produce the peace and safety for which people long.
The reality is this: Jesus Christ, and the Scriptures which reveal Him are the only sure foundation. 1 Peter 1:3, 4 states, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, from the dead, to an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you." (ESV)
Even if those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior contract COVID-19 and die, they are assured that when they take their last breath, they will be with Jesus in heaven.
Even if those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior contract COVID-19 and recover, during their sickness, their trust in Jesus will bring safety and peace.
Even if those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior lose their job or go to the grocery store and are unable to buy food because there is none on the shelves, God will provide their needs at the perfect time.
Christians should not look at the bad circumstance of the present pandemic, but look to Christ in the Scriptures.
Additionally, Christians should look to serving others buy doing deeds of love, and most importantly share their hope in Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.