Less than a month ago life seemed to be simple and easy. Yes, we had our aches and pains, runny noses and fevers, challenges at work, car not behaving, and relationships frayed. We had our questions and frustrations. That is life, right? Now, the world economy seems to be rocking, a new virus is out to get us, and much is being said and more is being hyped that may or may not be true. We are to conduct ourselves responsibly – all the time – and especially at this time. Follow common sense advice and work with your doctor and health care professionals. Despite all the planning being done and reassurances being given, some are living in fear and some have moved from fear into panic mode.
What did God’s writer Paul say, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies (Romans 8:31-33).
Paul had previously addressed our challenge as Christians, not to live according to the flesh, but according to the spirit – live trusting in God not in self! We are heirs; living with the certain hope that is based on the resurrection our Lord, traveling through this troubled life, focused on our permanent heavenly life to come.
Paul assures us that God is on our side. We are on His team! No one beats God! No one chases Him away! No one controls or outsmarts Him. He has taken care of the biggest issues in life – sin, and its consequences. He sent His one and only Son to do what no human could do. The Father did not spare His Son. He was put to death and raised to life again for our justification. The debt of sin paid! Death swallowed up through the resurrection of Jesus! We have peace with God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!
No matter what you see or feel, God’s word cannot be wrong. The atoning work of Jesus is finished, but He is not yet done with us and with this world. Remember He is the Good Shepherd. The Biblical argument stands – God has already accomplished the greatest need for the human race – offering and giving forgiveness through faith in Jesus. With that in mind, Paul turns to the lesser things in life – our health, the economy, our earthly relationships, work, and whatever else it may be and assures us that our Father will give us all things! His storehouse is never empty. His wisdom is perfect. His compassion is unending. His presence is comforting. He will carry us if need be, hold us when necessary, supply our needs through people in the world, all the while preparing us to see His Son face to in eternity.
We are salt and light. We are sheep of His pasture. We continue to pray, “Give us our daily bread”, “your will be done” and “deliver us from evil”. No need to fear because our Father is in control. Peace be with you.
Pastor Erwin Ekhoff