Wednesday evening during praise and worship I sensed a deep sense of concern, perhaps even fear, was beginning to impact the faith of some of those who vowed to remain strong in their faith during the COVID-19 crisis. I asked God what my response to people should be. I picked up my Bible and turned to Isaiah 40.
Chapter 40 is a prophetic proclamation of the coming of the Messiah being told by God through the prophet. But, the people are fearful, and unwilling to believe in light of their circumstances. The chapter concludes:
“Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, My way and my lot are hidden from the Lord, and my right is passed over without regard from my God? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” [Italics and emphasis added]. (Isaiah 40:27-31 AMPC)
In the midst of all the chaos surrounding us during these times, expect, look for and hope in the Lord, trusting in Him. You’re going to make it because, in spite of how it may seem to you right now, God’s still in control.
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