From Pastor Steven Thiel:
Our world is broken. It is okay to feel sad or disappointed about what’s happening during this crisis. It is all just a reminder that our world is broken. This isn’t how God created it; it is the result of sin. Sin, and the brokenness it causes, should make us sad. Even Jesus cried over things that were sad, and there’s a Bible book, Lamentations, written by the prophet Jeremiah, who was heartbroken, lamenting (crying out to God) due to what he saw.
Jesus is the answer! While we may be sad, we don’t have to stay sad. The Bible says, “Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). How can we have joy if circumstances haven’t changed? By choosing to focus on Jesus!
You see, Jesus came and died on the cross in our place. He defeated sin and death! While our world still groans in brokenness, it won’t forever! Jesus is going to make a new heaven and new earth where everything will be perfect again. There won’t be any crying, pain, or death (Revelation 21:4).
If we put our faith and trust in Christ, our biggest problem has been solved! That problem isn’t COVID-19, cancelled plans, or a tight budget—it is sin. And Jesus solved that problem on the cross for us since he loves us so much! That’s why Romans 8:18 says, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
God is in control! We don’t have to worry or be afraid for God is in control. Nothing surprises Him and He has never made a mistake (Isaiah 46:9–10). We don’t know what the future will bring but we do know that God loves us and will work all things for our good (Ro. 8:28). We can run to Him (Pro. 18:10) when we feel afraid (Psalm 56:3–4) because He is our rock and strong tower (Psalm 18:2). He never promises that we won’t have times that are really hard, but He does promise to walk through them with us (Psalm 23:4) and we can trust Him since He is good (Psalm 34:8), kind (Psalm 86:15), and always faithful (Lamentations 3:22–23).
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