During this time of great turmoil and unprecedented, ever changing circumstances, how wonderful it is to know that some things never change!
1. God is still God, and He is always good.
Pray. Read His Word. Seek His face.
2. The Word of God is still true, and by it our faith is fed.
Are you reading and meditating upon the Word as much as you are watching and listening to the news?
3. The fellowship of believers is still strong.
Though separated by distance, we are together in spirit and one in heart. Have you been calling on your brothers and sisters? Have you been checking on your neighbors?
4. The Gospel is still the one thing people need most.
The viral effects of sin have infected the human race since the Fall. Sin breeds separation. It isolates us from God and one another. Jesus died to pay the price of our sin. Jesus rose in triumph to set us free for the penalty of sin. He alone gives us life and delivers us from the fear of death. He ascended to Heaven, sent the Spirit to empower our witness, and is coming again soon! This is GOOD NEWS that the world needs to hear!
5. God is still at work, and His work is always good.
Trial and testing can have a refining influence in our lives. Stress and uncertainty can "heat things up," allowing superfluity and impurities to rise to the surface where they can be scooped away in confession and repentance. Purity is our prize. Maturity in Christ is the goal for which we strive.
Times like these strip away the peripherals and bring us back to the things that matter most - the things that eternally endure.
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
What do you think? Do we live forever, or do we live only for now? If you agree with me in Christ that we live forever, then why are so many Christians living only for now?
Let's keep pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus!
May God Bless & Keep You in His Care,