We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
And yes, “all things” includes this global pandemic. Before we go on, notice what the apostle is not saying. He is not saying, “All things are good.” There is a lot of bad in this world, and that includes the coronavirus. People are being infected, many are getting sick, and tens of thousands have died. People are losing jobs, losing income, and, yes, losing perspective. Yet our God promises to work even this for the good of those who love Him.
Keeping this biblical truth in view is the proper perspective for you and me to maintain, especially now. Here are just two of the good things God is working through this dreadful virus.
When the sky is blue, the clouds are fleecy, and the sun is shining brightly, we have a tendency to work through the details of life in our own strength. Self-confidence seems to soar when things are going well for us. But when storm winds begin to blow, the waves of challenge have a tendency to correct our self-confidence and shift it to Savior-confidence. Think of it this way: Even with extreme social distancing measures, people all over the world are getting sick. As I write this, more than 30,000 people have died from the virus. With no known vaccine yet, and the estimated time for scientists to create one still months away, we now must look to the Giver of every good and perfect gift, rather than focus on the gifts themselves.
This confidence corrector also extends into our work world. Businesses and entire companies are closing and income is being affected. Some businesses may never recover. The only way out of this mess is up, as we look to our Savior and trust completely in Him.
Where have you been placing your confidence lately?
I grew up with a love for sports, having participated in many; injuries have prevented me from continuing to play, but I still watch them. But now the only sports available for viewing are reruns, because the entire sports world has been put on hold. In the past, people have confessed to me that when they are forced to choose between watching a sporting event or worshipping God on Sunday, the sporting event takes precedence. I say all this to say that I believe God is using this virus to help us identify some of our idols, including our professions, our prosperity, and even some of our pleasures, like sports and food. These are all good gifts that our God has given to us, but as I’ve often said here, good gifts become bad gifts when they become ultimate gifts.
Are there any hidden idols that have been exposed in your life while we have been sequestered socially? Remember, proper perspective is knowing that inasmuch as all things are not good, all things will ultimately be worked together for our good, including COVID-19.
I’ll be back again on Wednesday. You are in my prayers and in my heart.
Purpose and Passion,