As we begin dealing with the aftermath of physical-distancing, we must consider the ongoing concerns about COVID-19. Let us remember the past, so we can learn from those who have gone before us in tragedies and sorrows. Is there joy in Covid-19? Where do we find it?
Historical Perspective on Suffering
There are many historical events of similar measure that can give us perspective on our current situation. Perhaps one of the most memorable was the earthquake that hit Haiti ten years ago on January 12, 2010. Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake with tremors that were felt as far away as Cuba and Venezuela. Eight aftershocks were felt the same day and 52 more in the following two weeks. Loss of life was unimaginable with the Haitian government estimating over 316,000 deaths and close to 1 million people displaced.
Humanitarian relief efforts were massive, but it remains debatable whether or not Haiti has recovered from the devastation of January 12, 2010, or if it ever will.
The Current Reality
In January 2020 another devastation began to quake and by mid-March of 2020, it’s “tremors” were felt world-wide. The devastation of COVID-19 became a part of everyday life.
This article is not to rehash the facts about the virus nor is it to consider what the future holds. We really don’t know how problematic this virus will be in the months ahead. We have no real control over this virus until there’s a vaccine. But we do have control over how we deal with our fears and cope with our concerns.
My desire is to share a short video with you. Let’s look back and remember how those who went before us faced the greatest challenges of their lives. Just as Hebrews 12:2 speaks of the “great cloud of witnesses” of ancient days (those of biblical times who have gone before us in faith and are now in Heaven), this video speaks of those who have gone before us, in faith, only ten years ago.
Don’t miss the point of this video. A great lesson from this tragedy comes from a man who was a teacher in a seminary. When he felt the rumblings, he left his second floor classroom where his students were taking a test. He went down to the first floor, then outside, to see what was happening. As he looked around, the building he had just exited came crashing down. Everyone inside was killed—including his wife.
What hope is there when such things occur? There is only ONE Hope — the Lord Jesus Christ. Watch now and be inspired to fnd…
Patience in the Present,
Hope for the Future, and
Joy in Jesus!
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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