You were never meant to be without God.
If your house were to catch fire, you’d be glad to know the fire department, complete with ladder trucks and rescue gear, are just down the street. If your child was struggling in the deep end of a municipal swimming pool, you would be grateful for the swift action of the lifeguards. Should you come under attack by a group of robbers, it would be a great relief to hear police sirens heading in your direction.
How ironic that with all the up-evil in our world we neglect to seek God for help.
Most of the catastrophic events we read about or watch on the news happen somewhere else to someone else. There are hurricanes in the south, tornados in another state, flooding in another region and wars on other continents, but this time no one has been exempt. This pandemic has impacted the entire world! COVID -19 will most certainly be recorded in the annual of world history, the total tally of losses remains to be seen.
As a result, fear and uncertainty continues to spread over the world. So we are reminded again just how fragile we are as humans and our systems are venerable too.
We watch as small businesses and large corporations give way to the adverse impact of COVID. Hospitals and health care workers struggle to contend with the massive toals on human life. Even funeral homes have been overloaded in certain places dealing with the large numbers of deceased persons.
They tell us there are many bi-products of the Virus and the resulting shut downs that have followed. The list includes depression, spousal and child abuse, suicide and many others. COVID is most certainly leaving multitudes of suffering people in its wake.
Then there was the election! We’ve never had a Presidential election quite like this one. Does it feel like the world and our nation has changed dramatically in 2020?
I believe you are right, it has.
So what can we do? More importantly what must we do? I believe this is a defining moment in time. When God sent His own Son into our world, He did so because He knew we would need His help. God never intended for us to have to go it alone. The question remains, will we turn to God or continue to ignore Him?
It took a literal miracle for Jesus to get here, but God specializes in miracles so Jesus was sent by God for us.
The Scripture states:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel which means, God with us.” Matthew 1:23
Like the fire, the deep water of the pool and the victim of the would be robbers, we are in desperate need of rescue. The Son of God has come to bring us to salvation and restoration. How tragic it would be to live and never know God simply because you fail to acknowledge him. You might ask, so what does life in Christ look like? What is the difference between life with and without God?
I’ll be very honest with you, putting your trust in God does not mean that you will escape the difficulties of this present world. What it does mean however, is you will have help and you will not be overcome by hopelessness.
The writer in Hebrews 4:16 tells us of God’s gracious invitation to come to Him. And it reads as follows.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
God only knows what next year might look like. I don’t expect that Jan. 1 or 21 will be magical reset moments that suddenly set everything right. What I do know for sure is that God will still be ready to help all those that put their trust in Him.
“For God so loved the world that whosoever believeth upon Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The writer is the senior pastor of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church of God, 2745 State Route 29 N., Sidney.