During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone questioned the future in terms of physical, financial and social well-being. Many also thought about what COVID-19 could teach us about who we are and who God is, because there is a point in which we are not in control. No amount of hard work or money or intelligence will give us all the answers. At that point, where do I turn – where do you turn – for peace in these troubled times.
Sam Storm, a retired pastor from Oklahoma City, created a series of messages entitled “Making Sense of Pestilence and Personal Tragedies.” This is a summary:
- GOD IS GOOD
Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who take refuge in Him.
Other Bible verses to read: Psalm 100:5, Psalm 106:1, Psalm 145:9
- GOD IS GOOD, even when you can’t see or understand it
God’s ways are “unsearchable and inscrutable.” This means His ways are not something we can understand. We have a tendency to want to counsel God and give Him advice. Even though you do not know what God is truly going to do and you do not understand this novel Coronavirus, you can understand who God is and know Him.
Romans 11: 33-36
- GOD IS NEAR, even if you can’t see it or understand it
No tragedy is so great or pestilence so terrible that it can separate us from the love of Christ.
Psalm 34:38, Psalm 147:3, Psalm 73:28
- GOD IS SOVEREIGN
Nothing can stop God’s purposes.
Events remind us that there is no place on this earth that is safe.
I appreciate Pastor Storm’s message very much as I consider these questions in my heart:
Can you trust God? YES.
Can you trust God to do what you want? NO.
Then why trust Him? For the reasons above.