COVID 19 has introduced a whole new batch of “What ifs” invading my mind. What if they can’t find a effective vaccine against it? What if there is no immunity after you’ve contracted it? That’s why this Scripture in Psalms seems so timely today. For when all these fears are swirling around me, I need to stop and seek God’s perspective. I need to seek His face for answers when the world has none. And when I’m stressing about things that are completely out of my control, I need to trust God and have confidence that He has authority over all these matters. For even though the “What ifs” may still bombard my mind, bottom line is my dependence and hope must remain in God.
God’s intent…His plan and purpose for each one of us, is to give us hope and a eternal future with Him. Now the entire Chapter of Job is about a man suffering unspeakable losses, but we surprisingly find this encouraging word in Job 8:7, “Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Right now you may be suffering…out of work, low on money, and depressed about what the future holds. But realize this, God is aware and understands your situation completely…and His intention for you is only good. For your future is securely in His hands, and your future is full of hope.
Right now in these uncertain and troubling times, we are all looking for comfort. Looking for encouragement, hope, and reassurance to displace the fear and apprehension we’re feeling and witnessing around us. Chapter 40 of Isaiah starts out with this verse, telling us that God is there to give us strength and hope…that His word stands forever (verse 8) and ends with these powerful words, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” (verses 29-30) Our comfort will be found in God and God alone…for in Him we will find hope and strength for another day.
Here’s a thought I heard yesterday that you may be guilty of…I sure am. You’re praying for someone and you ask the Lord to “be with them during this difficult time.” Do you realize just how wrong that statement is? God hasn’t gone anywhere, and He will never forsake the poor or needy. (Isaiah 41:17) Now it may seem like He’s far away to us, but He’s not…and in our mind it may appear that things are getting worse instead of better…but it could simply be that we aren’t seeing what we think should be happening. God promises deliverance from our enemies as we focus on Him and not our circumstances. Psalm 18:17 says, “He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” Our hope then must come from God alone…for He promises He will never leave us nor forsake us.