How are you handling all of this?
How are you handling the daily avalanche of anxious news, the challenging conditions of having to do work and school at home, all together, under one roof, all day, all night, with nowhere you can go?
And what about how all of this is going to impact the economy, and our community, and our church? And what if we get sick, or someone we love gets sick?
Like storm waves crashing on the shores of our minds, it feels like these things keep coming at us relentlessly, from every direction, weighing down our already-heavy minds, eroding away at our patience and our peace.
How are we going to get through all of this?
Well, it depends. We can decide to get through this with focused and dependent trust in our Savior, or, worried and afraid we can lose sight of His sovereign strength. And when that starts to happen, we begin to drift, untethered from our Safety, out into the storm, in danger of being drowned by the undertow.
It’s moments like these that put our faith to the test. Trials like these are meant by the Lord to deepen our dependence and strengthen our endurance. It’s training us for a life that walks by faith, not by sight.
Take the old prophets as your mentors and examples. James 5:10-11 tells us that they put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God.
Of course, you’ve heard of Job’s endurance, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares for us, loves us, and is working for our good right down to the last detail. What a gift to those who don’t quit!
So stay the course. Remember the faith, the endurance, and the ultimate joy of Joseph, of Job, and, of course, Jesus. And remember these encouraging words:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
So stay the course. Endure this cross. Trust the Lord.
He cares. He’s sovereign. He’s never letting us go.