2021 has been a very interesting year so far. It feels like we have had one foot back into some sense of normal life, and the other foot is still in Covid pandemic distress. Our spirits are longing for life to get back to normal as we knew it before the pandemic but we are being warned to stay on alert and to be on guard against and fearful of the new Covid variant that has emerged. We are constantly waiting for new restrictions to be implemented at any moment. In some ways, the uncertainty of which way we will be instructed to go, whether freedom or restrictions, is more disconcerting than being in the full-blown lock-down that we have been recently released from this summer.
God keeps bringing to my mind 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” With this passage in mind, I am consciously choosing to step out of living in fear of Covid, or of anything else for that matter, and living in confidence and trust in our God, our Father, who is truly in control of everything. This new perspective on life has brought me great peace and comfort in these challenging days and I am making concerted efforts to share this peace-giving perspective with those God brings across my path.
In spite of all the emotional and mental distress, confusion and uncertainty plaguing us all, I have witnessed God’s faithful protection and provision for H2H and all of those He has called to be involved in this ministry. We are experiencing the same kinds of challenges that everyone else is, but because our eyes are fixed on Jesus, our hope and confidence in God continues to provide the peace and comfort we need to navigate through these uncertain times.
Covid is not the only troubling issue we are facing. So many of God’s truths are being challenged by our culture at large. Truth in general is being re-defined and personal preference and opinion have become the new “truth.” Society’s focus has unprecedently turned against Biblical values and truth which is causing great confusion in the minds of people and great chaos in our nation as a whole. This phenomenon causes my heart great sadness and I am sure that it is grieving God’s heart far more.
My prayer is that all of God’s people will dig into God’s Holy Word and seek His wisdom and discernment on how to walk with Jesus in these troubled days, staying true to His Holy word and not get swept away in the fear and confusion that is ever present. Again, remember that God is in control even though everything in our world appears to be in chaos and out of control. Those who make this conscious choice of keeping their eyes focused on Jesus and holding fast to His teachings will find true peace, comfort and courage.
The things I am encouraging us as believers to do are counter-cultural and exactly the opposite of what “Joe public” wants us to believe and is telling us to do. Standing on God’s true, authoritative Word without compromise is what we are called to do and in so doing, we honor God and bless others, which is our calling and purpose in ministry here at H2H and in our lives as Christ-followers.
May we all stand firm and confident in our faith-walk with God, holding fast to His truth and help others to discover the way to peace in our troubled world.