40 days or 40 years? That’s up to us.
We’re faced with so much uncertainty today—we can literally talk to someone and die. Or expose someone to coronavirus and they fall ill. Or die. Plus, this pandemic has caused us all to reveal our true colors. Some are incredibly selfish. Hoarding toilet paper and masks and overcharging for plagiarized books about the coronavirus. Others are inconsiderate. Hanging in the streets with no regard for social distancing simply because they’re tired of being in the house. For the rest of us, there’s an unprecedented level of paranoia and fear among us all. Who can blame us?
Have faith despite all this.
While faith is defined as a strong belief in God, it also means having complete trust or confidence in something or someone. It’s tough to have faith in our government right now. The way some are behaving, it’s almost impossible to have faith in man. So what should you have faith in?
Something – Have faith in the preventive measures
When it comes to stopping the spread of the coronavirus, the White House can be criticized for failing to act. But spending time dissecting the lies and complaining about what they won’t do gets us nowhere. It exacerbates worry, makes you more susceptible to conspiracy theories, and leads you on a path of despair.
But we can have faith in the preventive measures outlined by the CDC. If you want to stay up-to-date, get information from legitimate news sources like CNN, CBS, USA Today, and your local newspapers. Avoid rumors and memes and adhere to the preventive measures.
Someone – Have faith in God
God works miracles, yes, but Christians are not exempt from suffering. To assume God will protect you from contracting or dying from the virus is not faith. It’s arrogance. No one knows when or how they will go and to think that you would be excluded from the same consequences as others is reckless not only to yourself but to others as well.
While you accept that you are not exempt from catching or spreading the disease, have faith that God will see you and your loved ones through this. Protecting yourself isn’t about having a loss of faith. It’s about being responsible. God has blessed us all with good sense, God sense, and common sense. It’s time we use it.
If a loved one has been hospitalized or has passed due to COVID-19, you and your family are in my prayers. It may be incredibly tough to hold onto faith because the loss of a loved one might be hard to understand, but by working through your grief with God, you have a better chance of healing. Your faith can help you through the many stages of grieving, so don’t be afraid to reach out to God when you are ready.
We all know the story of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness. They lacked faith and rebelled when the scouts came back with the report that it would be impossible to overtake the inhabitants of the Promised Land. As a result, they spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness as God’s punishment for their lack of faith. Eventually, Joshua led them out by putting his faith in God’s word. He demonstrated the type of faith we need to overcome the challenge we face today.
So what’s it going to be? 40 days or 40 years? Because the key to changing the outcome for us all is faith.
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