Trusting the God of hope during coronavirus pandemic

The truth is, we are vulnerable, and He is the one who can deliver us and it is He who should receive all the glory.

Like you, I’m hearing about acts of kindness during this time when the (corona)virus is causing so many problems. We realize it’s easy to become so distracted with how bad things are, that we forget all the good that is going on all around us. In a world where the attitude is many times based on an “everyone for themselves mentality” it’s good to know there are still caring people out there who are sincerely compassionate. Just the other day, I actually experienced this for myself.

As chaplain for our county fire district, I’m honored to work with a group of amazing individuals and their dedication to the community is nothing less than remarkable. I enjoy working with them and doing what I can to support and contribute as they daily sacrifice their lives to save others. I’ve not said much to anyone lately, but I’ve been ill for the last few weeks with what eventually evolved into bacterial pneumonia. I tested negative for the virus, but this has still been a very unpleasant time of feeling terrible and trying to stay isolated.

Anyway, we received a knock on the door the other day and it was one of the firemen bringing us a truckload of groceries. We have a fund at the department for things like this and they had all voted to help us out. My wife held the front door while he started placing the bags in the foyer floor. I watched from the kitchen wearing a mask and was deeply moved as the blessings kept coming. We are so thankful for this act of generosity and love and this is just another example in the long list of people choosing to step up and demonstrate deeds with their faith in times of adversity.

With so many families having to stay home, this could actually be a perfect opportunity to reflect on our personal relationship with God and consider the internal and eternal realities of our soul. It’s true that we will get through this and I really believe that most everything will be restored, but shouldn’t God be given more attention and consideration? We are hearing about how strong and resilient we are, but very little about how the God of creation is the all powerful and wise authority of all things. The truth is, we are vulnerable, and He is the one who can deliver us and it is He who should receive all the glory.

Are leaders embarrassed to acknowledge the Almighty, and is our society ashamed of proclaiming the need for us to pray and ask Him to help us? In Mark 4:9 and several other places in the Bible this point is emphasized, “And Jesus said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” So what is God saying? Well, beyond the overwhelming flood of human voices, we have a beautiful passage found in II Chronicles 7:14 that we can stand on because God’s word is true and cannot fail.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”


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