Eighteen months we have been in lockdown with no end in sight. I think about how our lives have changed. How we now value life more than anything else. Forgotten are the frequent flyer programmes that give us status in our own eyes. No one cares about my status – life, friendships and family are now more important than ever before.
Many struggle getting to grips having lost loved ones, businesses, life savings, marriages and their health, to only mention a few.
We are forced to think about death which has become a reality all around us. Am I also going to die in the parking lot of the hospital with no available beds or will I die alone in my room?
“…. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us…” 2 Corinthians 1:8(b) – 10.
It’s so easy to lose heart and become sad and depressed as we see so many of our family and friends sick and some dying. It’s so easy to give up, and if I continue to rely on myself I will eventually give up. That’s why it is so important to force myself to rely on God, the creator of heaven and earth who promised that
“I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:5-6(a)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength… “ Isaiah 30:15
I have to pray, like never before! I have to read, like never before! I have to put my trust in God who is the source of hope. I picked up my Bible and again read some of the many familiar verses I have underlined over the years ….
- Isaiah 41:10
- Isaiah 44:2
- Psalm 46:1
- Psalm 16:2-3
- Psalm 27:1
- John 16:33(b)
- Romans 10:9-13
- Philippians 4:6+7
- Luke 8:18(a)
- Revelation 3:10
As I paged from verse to verse, I became greatly encouraged as I realised I had to endure patiently and not loose heart. That this season of despair will also pass and when we are saved and restored from this trial, we will be given a new beginning as God promised in Isaiah 43:18+19 (Life Application Bible)
“But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I’m going to do! For I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it?
I will make a road through the wilderness….and create rivers in the desert.”
So let me rekindle my quiet time, pray earnestly for those that are suffering. Let me trust God to carry us through this season, let me be encouraged from His Word and in turn, encourage my family, friends and staff to not give up, but to look up, not to lose heart, not to be afraid but to be strong and very courageous during this terrible time of adversity – it is but a season.