I went through a long ordeal some years ago, and every time I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel it turned out to be an on-coming train. That was discouraging. We all are going through a similar ordeal now with the pandemic. We’re hopeful a vaccine will be tested and available soon, but we don’t have one yet, and probably not until next year, we’re told. The only consolation there is that next year is close.
The virus isn’t going away. It’s here to stay. It’s going to be like the flu, I think, with no know cure, just a way to manage it. So, we don’t really have a light at the end of the tunnel. Or, do we? It’s there if you look for it. Christ Jesus is the light at the end of the tunnel. Christians can see His light, and others can too if they seek Him and find Him. He is the only light to guide us through the tunnel. Jesus told us that He was directly the light of the world while He was alive on the earth, and He is still the light of the world shining out from within Christians. And, the Bible is the travel guide that safely leads us out of the tunnel.
Jesus told His disciples that they, true followers of Jesus, would be the light of the world when He left, and they should let His light shine out through them so others could see it and find His light. John tells us that Jesus, the Word, was the life, and the life [is] the light of men ( John 1: 4 ). Jesus also told us that in this world we will have problems, but in Him we overcome those problems, including the pandemic: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world ( John 16:33). Christians are in Christ, and He in them. It is following His direction for there lives, not their own wishes, that gives them peace and leads them to the light.
Jesus is the light of the world through us, a transcendental incandescence that others can sense in us. And this light is the life of us and our guide. It doesn’t matter what is thrown at us in this world, God can easily overcome it through us. But it may not be as easy for us as it is for Him. Jesus promises He will never leave us, even to the end of this age we’re living in. The end of the age is His coming back. But that isn’t going to be too soon, because a lot of things have to happen before then that aren’t coming to pass yet. If it’s starting to dawn on you from this blog that we’re still living in biblical times, you’re right, we are.
The end of the Bible’s story isn’t written yet. I’m not getting off on that tangent because it will be the topic of a future blog. For now, my point is that God’s word, the Bible, our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, is our guide to coping with the pandemic. It’s not going away, but we can overcome it. People are tired of staying home, irritated with having to wear masks, and frustrated with the restrictions placed on them to help physically overcoming the dangers of COVID-19. I don’t blame them, I have the same feelings, but I don’t have the fear and anxiety most people have because they don’t have Christ’s assurance and peace. If God is for us, who can be against us? “We know that all things work together for good for them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose” ( Romans 8:28; emphasis added).
The key to overcoming the pandemic is accepting Christ as your Savior and living according to His purpose for your life and not according to what you want, but according to what God wants. That is only logical, as Spock might say. God created and maintains the universe and everything in it, so it stands to reason that He knows more about what we should do than we do. He has a plan for our lives that is infinitely better than any plan we could think up. Therefore, following His direction for your life is the way to overcoming everything Satan can throw at you, including the virus.
You as a Christian are God’s ambassador here on earth. He works through you according to His plan, not yours: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water that brings forth fruit in his season. His leaf shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3). King David is credited with writing the psalms. He was living under God’s law as Jesus had not yet come. Today, our delight is in the blessed assurance that Jesus is ours, as the famous hymn says. And, “if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He that raised up Christ form the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by the Spirit that dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).
A close connection exists between Christ’s resurrection and your resurrection from being dead in your sins. That is what is symbolized by baptism by immersion in water, your dying to sin, being buried, and then being born again in Christ. You are a new creature and a brother or sister of Christ. If you are a Christian then you are now a member of God’s family, a son or daughter of the Father. Nothing can possibly be more awesome than being a son or daughter of the universe’s Creator!!
God takes care of His own. The world is in transformation at this time. What will happen eventually is unknown, but you have the assurance of God that however bad the situation may seem to you today, things will work out for the good. God lives outside of time in an eternal present, and He has seen to it that you are already taken care of. The pandemic will work out for the better for Christians-but not necessarily for those who reject the gift of salvation through accepting Christ as their personal Savior.
Here’s the frightening point I’m making spelled out very clearly: Not deciding for Jesus is to decide for Satan. It’s one or the other. If you don’t have Jesus, Satan has you, and he doesn’t have your best interest in mind. The devil wants to do you as much harm as he can. Without God’s protection the pandemic can be a nightmare. With God’s protection it will work to your good even if you don’t understand how that good will come or in what form it will come. God knows, and that’s what matters.
God does protect His children. I have two personal examples. Back in the early 1970s I was living in New York City. I had a roommate to defray expenses, but unknown to me he was involved with some heavy-duty drug dealers. I stopped on a corner to wait for the crossing light while walking home from work on a Saturday evening. I started up a conversation with another man, who invited me over that evening to meet some of his friends. I accepted for some reason, which I normally would not have done. And, during the time I was at his apartment my roommate was murdered by his drug associates. They had discovered that he was an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If I had been home I would have been murdered also. But because of that “chance” encounter with the other man I was not home that evening.
Last evening while I was doing research on the Internet I started to make an inquiry from a questionable website. Just as I hit the enter button that site crashed. It was gone. I took that to be a warning, and I’ll find the answer to my question someplace else. Was that God’s protection? I don’t know for sure, of course. But I know that with God nothing happens by accident. He controls every outcome.
How will the pandemic be transformed into good for you? I have no idea. But God knows it is already done. God told Abraham to move, but didn’t say to where. He went and told Sarah, ” Start packing! We’re moving!” “Why” asked his wife. “Because God said for us to go”, he replied. “Where are we going” was Sarah’s logical next question. “I have no idea” Abraham replied, “but we’re going”! Well, Sarah knew Abraham well enough to know he hadn’t gone bonkers. If he said God told them to move, then God would take care of them, so she started packing. Ultimately, Abraham became the father of the Jewish nation and a forerunner of Jesus. But he didn’t know that then.
You and I have no idea how the pandemic will work to the good for us, but it will. We have God’s promise that it will. We, like Abraham, just have to follow His direction, which sometimes comes in unexpected ways and it doesn’t always seem logical. His ways are not our ways. If you aren’t a Christian you have no assurance that things will work out to the good. You can gain that assurance by accepting Christ Jesus as your personal Savior now.
No sane person would attempt crossing an ocean in a ship with no rudder. But without Christ’s guidance your trying to cope with situations and events over which you have no control. But the devil can manipulate those circumstances to your detriment, and rest assured he will. Overcoming the pandemic is only possible in Christ. And more, God has promised that if your country will repent as a nation and return to Him, then He will heal your tribulations and protect your nation.
As Christians, You and I are part of your nation also. It’s our responsibility to ourselves, to the other citizens of your country, and most importantly to God for us to spread His word to others and especially to the leaders of the country you live in. Like the United States, every country needs healing from the pandemic and more. Lets start doing our job as God’s ambassadors today.