April 12, 2020

Take Heart

Wyatt Marchant

These are unusual times. I doubt many people alive have seen anything resembling what is going on right now. Many are scared; Maybe not for themselves but for their loved ones. Maybe it is the uncertainty of what is going to happen next or when this will all be over. Maybe it is the fear of running out of toilet paper(lol). Regardless the reason, we are in uncertain, uncharted territory.

So what is our response as the church, as the body of believers? How do we live lives of faith, courage and love, when the future is so unforeseeable (or at least more than usual)?

To Be Expected

The important thing to understand, is that God never promised us a life of security, safety, predictability or comfort. Search the Bible, you wont find it. Trust me, I've tried, and what I found was that He actually promises the opposite: Jesus says in John 16:33, "In the world you will have tribulation(trials)" , James tells us "when you meet trials of various kinds"(James 1:2) and numerous more. In other words, hardships are to be expected. That isn't to say that feeling scared, worried or concerned is wrong, but rather that God promises us that we will experience hardship, suffering and tribulation while in this world, so it should not come as a surprise.

God Gives You Everything You Need

So that's it? God promises us hardships, and says "good luck"? Not even close. Whether we realize it or not, God has given you everything you need to live the life He called you to when you chose to follow Him: "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence". He will not allow you to face anything that He has not first provided what you need to face it down and overcome it. This doesn't mean that bad things won't happen to you or your family. This doesn't mean you wont get sick; However, God has given you the hope, love, grace and strength that are required to live your life. How does He does this? By being with you: "fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand"(Isaiah 41:10).

Yes, we will experience hardship. Personally and globally, like we are now. But God is with you and He has given you everything you need. So as Jesus tells us, "take heart; For I have overcome the world"(John 16:33).

God knew you would experience the struggles in your personal life, He we would experience a global pandemic. That means He has given us everything we need to live courageously.

Take heart, you were made for this.

"Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold."(1 Peter 1:3-7)


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