COVID-19 has taught us several things in the past month.
- Your life can literally change in a moments notice.
- Governments are not our saviors.
- We are not in control
- No one knows what they are doing
That all sounds very bleak and grim but I needed to say it so we can all understand that there is literally nothing to grab onto right now.
But there is a hope(a confident expectation) we can trust in. The bible speaks about it often. Just this last week I finished reading Romans and came across this text in chapter 15
“13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
What we see happening right now is a result of the fall in Genesis. We were never meant to panic, fight over groceries and suffer from death and disease. After the fall God promised to send someone who would redeem what had been lost. All through the prophets, God reiterated this promise and Jesus came and fulfilled this promise.
What is the promise? That God came in the flesh and suffered the penalty for our sins, died and rose again. And those who believe, their sins are forgiven and are adopted as God’s children. As his children we wait for his return where he will fully and finally defeat death and make all things new.
What does that mean today? It means as God’s children we can have hope (a confident expectation) that God is for us. That if he has given us his son, he will care for us in all things. If he has provided payment for our sins, will he not also provide in all things? If he has provided shelter from the punishment of our sins, will he not provide shelter from trouble we experience now?
The text tells us that as we believe who God is and what he has done for us, the Holy Spirit fills us with peace and joy. Don’t despair, but rather confidently expect to experience God’s goodness. Have HOPE!