If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him (James 1:5)
The COVID-19 pandemic has created global uncertainty that is rising around us like massive mountains of mystery. We hear the prognoses of the medical authorities and instructions from political leaders; both groups often say one thing one day and something quite different the next. So where are we to turn to find truth in these uncertain times? We turn to the only thing in this world that is sure and certain: The Word of God.
James, the brother of our Lord Jesus Christ, instructed us to turn to God for the wisdom we need. When we do, the biblical text assures us, we can be sure we will receive all that is necessary in order to wisely navigate today’s turbulent waterways. We must always remember that the wisdom of this world can only take us so far. Now, when the medical professionals tell us to stay at home to help slow the spread of this virus, that is exactly what we should do. The Word of God tells us that this is one way we can show love to our neighbors, especially those heroes in the health care industry who are on the front lines in the fight against the corona virus. Reflecting the love of God in Christ Jesus to our neighbors is a tangible way we can demonstrate the wisdom we have received from Him.
The wisdom spoken of in James 1:5 is far more than mere knowledge. Wisdom is the ability to take that knowledge and make wise decisions that bring glory to God and good to others. True biblical wisdom is a practical discernment that is rooted in the fear of God and that finds its expression through our faith in God. The more time we spend meditating on and marinating in the Word of God, the more wisdom we will receive from our heavenly Father, who gives generously to all who ask, seek, and knock.
Even during these times of the most pressing uncertainty, we can be certain about the truth of God’s Word. It is a light for those who would otherwise grope around in the dark. It is a compass for those who would otherwise wander aimlessly. It is a refuge for those who would otherwise be battered by the storm winds that are blowing in all our lives at present.
Let me ask you directly: Has this time of uncertainty brought you more regularly into the presence of God through His Word? From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible makes it clear that God is with you, for you, and in you. Armed with these powerful and certain truths, you can deal with any amount of uncertainty the world sends your way, because our Lord assures us that all Scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that you and I may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
You are in my prayers and in my heart.
Purpose and Passion,