2020 was supposed to be a year of vision, of new beginnings for many people. Now almost eight months in, we are facing some of the uncertain moments of our lives. As a person dealing with an enormous amount of uncertainty and fear, this year has certainly demoralized me in far greater ways than I could have imagined.
But this has been a season of unexpected growth and learning in so many ways. James reminds us to “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
As a Christ follower, it is not a question of IF you will face trials but WHEN you will encounter struggles. And the measure of your life is based not on what happens to you but how you REACT to what happens to you.
Covid-19 has quite literally changed the world we once knew – as much as we want to deny it, the post-Covid world will look quite different. The way we approach everyday life, restaurants, church, social gatherings – everything will have a different feel going forward. And this will likely last far beyond the successful development and distribution of a vaccine and other treatments that are coming.
People have lost jobs, family members, friends, livelihoods, dreams and so much more during this season. More than those things, many have simply lost HOPE and the ability to dream again. Zoom meeting dread fills our days. Failure and compounded delays continue to demoralize us.
Jesus reminds us in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This truth has not gone away in a 2020 dominated by Covid-19.
For those looking for hope, I point you to words that have guided believers for centuries, words divinely inspired by God and meant to be a guide for life especially in the worst moments:
- God will finish what He started.
- “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
- God is not surprised; He knows what is coming and goes before us.
- “The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes…” – Deuteronomy 1:30
- “For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” – Isaiah 52:12
- “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron.” – Isaiah 45:2
- God will strengthen us.
- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
- “He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” – Psalm 18:34
- God’s power is strong where we are weak.
- But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
In this season, the circumstances may look different; the methods have changed and things have become more difficult to achieve. But it doesn’t alter the fact that God is STILL on the throne and working.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
Do we have a heart to hear and see what God is doing in this moment? Let us rely only on seeking Him for strategy in this season and know He can still do the impossible.