Finding Faith: What is God doing in a global pandemic?
If there is one question people have asked me more than any over the past two months, in our present COVID-19 global pandemic, it’s “What is God doing?”
My first response is, no one can know precisely because God said, “My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
However, when people are restricted from going to work, when there is no school, no sports, no church and people are sick, dying or huddled in more fear than ever before, my second response is that I believe God is getting our attention by removing anything and everything that can be a distraction in our lives so we can focus more on Him!
The Apostle Paul wrote, “for His sake I suffer the loss of all things… that I may gain Christ and… that I may know Him… and become like Him.” Philippians 3:8-10
Many people don’t realize those verses are a perfect description of what happens during the time of a revival. A revival is defined as “a reawakening of religious fervor.” Martin Lloyd Jones wrote, “As you read the history of revival you hear of people talking about, their dealings with God and with the Lord Jesus Christ, the realizations of His presence, of being almost overwhelmed by a sense of the nearness of the Lord Jesus Christ of being filled with a sense of God’s glory and of His love.”
So rather than fret or fear, have faith that God is doing a needed work of reawakening the hearts of many. Although this is a hard time, you can be assured that God can and will “give beauty for ashes (and) the oil of joy for mourning.” Isaiah 61:3
If it takes a global pandemic for people to sense the nearness of the Lord so they would “know Him and become like Him” Phil. 3:10, this horrible time can actually be for our good and God’s glory!
This is important to know because there is a time coming when God promises “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'” Revelation 21:4-5
Let me encourage you with these words… IT IS GOING TO BE OKAY! Please be assured I do not say those words quickly, flippantly or with any sense of arrogance or ignorance. I am fully aware that we live in a world that is full of pain, sickness, tears and death. But I say those words with full confidence and assurance in the Word of God which promises, to those who trust Him, “the former things (WILL) pass away.”
God knew it would be very easy for us to get caught up worrying and living in constant fear of the unknown. Thankfully, in His grace, He gave us a glimpse of the known. That is what the last two chapters of the entire Bible are about… the known of an endless, tearless, presence with God.
Tonight, whether you live by yourself or with a house full of people, I encourage you go get a Bible, sit down, and read it. If you do not have a Bible, go to Google and type in “Revelation 21-22.”
Take some time and read words of truth that will strengthen and encourage you with a renewed reminder that because Jesus is our Savior, it is going to be okay! God is at work. God has always kept His promises.
Do you remember the empty tomb? Be assured, He will “wipe away every tear from your eyes and death shall be no more.”
Trust Him. Rest well.
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Tim Boger, senior pastor of Big Woods Bible Church in Lock Haven.