We are in a battle—a battle for our health, our freedom, pressure, storms. It is hard to find peace when we struggle to keep our bills paid, help our children with school work, and try to follow all the protocols to keep ourselves and our families safe from this pandemic.
Hospitals are short staffed; testing supplies are limited; and it seems a new crop of symptoms arises every week. Tempers are flaring; couples are at odds, and child abuse is on the rise. We are not equipped to deal with all of this frustration. On top of all of that, we have conflicting information about what we should be doing about it.
There is a simple, yet for many, an unwelcome solution: God. I’m not talking about some far off being so has no interest in humanity except to cause trouble. I’m talking about a great God who controls all of the elements, who offers His peace, His healing, His wisdom and guidance, His forgiveness of our sins if we will but call upon His name.
God already knew this pandemic was coming. He knew how the world would respond. He has the answer, but very few are listening. We are too busy allowing the media hype, the information and disinformation to control our emotions, our thoughts, and our responses.
God wants us to turn to Him for the answers. He sees everything, knows everything, and is everywhere present. He is in complete control. He created us, humans, to have fellowship with Him. He knows we will have problems. If Jesus didn’t escape problems, why should we expect to? The reasons we have problems are because a)we want our own way and want God to stay out of our lives until we do have a problem; and b) because He wants to make us stronger because we are in a battle. Soldiers don’t get to do whatever they want: they do as they are told with no argument.
We are in a battle against our own selfish will, against the wiles of God’s enemy and ours, the devil, and against forces that would take away our freedoms.
John 16:33 has these words, spoken by Jesus the Christ: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Jeremiah 33:3—“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” “shew” is Old English for “show”
Romans 10:9-13—“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. “
What have you got to lose by trying?