And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
It is still so strange, living in the days of the Coronavirus. This is a moment in time when we will see either the best or the worst in each other. Last night I was lying in bed praying and just thanking God for the blessing of having a lifelong relationship with the Almighty One. This is a scary time for those of us with faith. Just imagine those who have nowhere to turn and without a belief in a God who remains in control of our sick world. It must be devastating.
Even if/when the Coronavirus gets significantly worse, it is important to remember that God’s hand is in the healing process. It is important to remember that God is not using this virus to attack humanity with vengeance. With free will, creation has the ability to occasionally run amuck, with viruses forming from bats; but in these moments, God steps forward and gives us the strength to endure and overcome.
You will hear a few voices from those without faith claiming that our suffering is another example of why God doesn’t exist. If God did intervene and keep us in perfect harmony, those same few would claim God is nothing more than a puppet master, and we are the ones on strings. Having faith is trusting that God will guide us through this time.
Today, reflect on how difficult this situation is, but how much harder it would be if we had to go through this time without God’s care. People will watch and judge the faithful on the way we respond to this crisis. Will we endure with trust, or curse God? Will we hoard items and worry only about ourselves, or intentionally take just enough? Believing in God makes these answers easier. Keep praying and trusting the one who created us, redeemed us, and sustains us with endurance.