We are currently surrounded by bad news – every day the virus count rises, the number of dead rises, our days of separation rises. Is there any good news out there? Anything to hope for? Yes! There is hope and there is good news -God is faithful and has overcome it all!
When I get to go on my early morning walk, I purposefully look at creation – at the tall mighty oaks and pines, at the beautiful dogwoods. I watch the birds singing and gathering food, and even the dogs who come running and barking as I pass. All these things are God’s creation and they are doing exactly what God has purposed. There is one thing I have noticed lately, however. Even as society has come to a halt – everything has closed, and people are told to stay home – creation has not stopped! Buds are emerging, flowers are blooming, birds are singing. It’s like the earth doesn’t know we are in turmoil! The world doesn’t stop just because we are in disaster mode. It reminds me of the faithfulness of our God; even as life is changing daily for us, God is still holding the world in its place. He is in control of all things and none of our worst problems surprise Him.
It it so good to be reminded of God’s goodness and faithfulness. The biggest way that He proved His faithfulness to us is by providing for our biggest need: salvation. Before Christ we were ALL sinners (Romans 3:23) and ALL deserved death (Romans 6:23). The thoughts of our hearts and our minds were constantly in rebellion against God (Ephesians 2:1-4). But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). If God had seen fit to send His Son to suffer the wrath that we deserved, why would He not also provide for our other needs as well?
I pray that you are taking time to read the bible and let the Holy Spirit remind you of His promises. I wrote a series in 2018 called How to Find Hope in the Waiting Times that really seems to fit the time we are in. If you need reminders that God is absolutely able to take care of all our needs and how to endure trials read this! For a lot of us, this time is a waiting time. We may or may not have lost our jobs, but so many other things that used to occupy our lives are no longer a thing. If you are finding yourself in a place where you need a little encouragement, I would invite you to read through the posts and I pray your spirit would be renewed.
Free printable with some of my favorite verses on Hope
When we are going through hard times we need to be reminded that God is faithful and that he will never leave us nor forsake us. I made this pretty printable with some of my favorite verses on hope and God’s goodness. These are so good just to be reminded of. It is yours free – just click on this link and print it off.