As I sat doing my Bible study this morning I started to think of the myriad of emotions our nation is experiencing right now. These are strange times we are living. These are frightening times we are living. For so many who are alienated from family and friends these are lonely times we are living.
Coronavirus has changed the perspective of life for so many people and replaced confidence with doubt, health with sickness and good fortune with the downfall of both public and private economies.
The question becomes; “How do we cope with an enemy that we cannot see or in many cases fully comprehend?” To answer this question for myself, and hopefully for you as well, I started to look to the Word of God. The first thing I seek is contentment: contentment with God, contentment with family and contentment with and for those who are hurting to help them through these perilous times. I realize that on the surface this idea may sound as “pie in the sky” philosophy designed to beguile you with smoke and mirrors and sleight of hand. Not so. I truly believe that God, even in the toughest of times, wants us to be content.
Let’s take a moment to look at Job. In a matter of hours this man had lost everything he had worked for. His family (except for his wife) was destroyed and Job was reduced to a bed-ridden carcass full of boils and sores. The life of this godly man has been held up high in the sacred pages of Scripture to show us that trials can pound our lives like a heavy-weight boxer, but the Lord can pick us up from off the mat when we’ve been knocked down physically, emotionally, or spiritually, and give us victory. He (God) is our source of strength and stamina.
The book of Job reveals the animosity that Satan has for God and those who are godly. It also shows us the limitations that God places upon Satan. It also reveals the assistance, strength, and care that we get from the Lord. God used Job to show us that nothing just “happens” in our lives. God has a path for us to follow that sometimes may be extremely difficult, but leads to great blessings. Paul talked about this. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
We do not always understand the ways of God. (“8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8). However, we can trust and walk daily with Him in all of the adversity we face. King Solomon had an interesting thought on this subject: ” 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.” Eccl. 7:14
Which brings me to contentment once again: God gives us all our lot in life. He brings us good at times, at other times he stings us with adversity. But here’s the point: We shouldn’t let ourselves get out of joint when trouble comes, or when we find it hard to make sense out of things. Just trust the Lord. He always does what’s good and right, and He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5).
Even the great apostle Paul agreed with the concept of contentment: “11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11.
My prayer for you is this; stay apart from contact with other people as much as humanly possible, keep your faith strong and viable by prayer, bible study and talking on the phone with other Christians and above all, stay close to God and He will always be there with you.
Sybil has come up with a very unique way of wiling away the hours. She asks me to run as fast as I can through the living room while she sits on the couch eating Bon-Bon’s and throws darts at me to see if she can hit a moving target. (Has anyone got a spare box of Band-Aids?). I am forced to come up with another way to help her cope!
Keep smiling, keep praying and keep the faith. Love you all and hope to see you in church very soon.