Updated: Apr 15, 2020
A question that I’m hearing arise from the tough situation unfolding is, “Is God still good?” The answer is yes! With how serious the coronavirus pandemic has become, it can be easy to fall into fear and question the nature of God. Circumstances like this that shake the foundations of our faith draw uncertainty and doubt from all of us, though I find it is moments like these which end up strengthening our knowledge, our love and our trust in the Father all the more.
I believe whole-heartedly that while we are in the midst of a battle, it is important to have the right perspective. Though the coronavirus does seem like an overwhelming threat, we need to remember to take heart because Jesus has overcome the world (John16:33). We can also be reminded that in James 1:2 (ESV) it says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” Count it joy? I know it sounds crazy to rejoice during such a difficult time, but when I change my perspective of it all, I realize that God is in control, and in that place my trust is strengthened. God cares about our development; He wants us to not only believe in Him when things are all good, but when things get flipped upside-down so that we realize He is good no matter where we are at in our walk of life.
Countless times throughout the Bible God’s people endure intense tribulation (some really tough stuff to say the least). Yet afterwards when they have overcome it they finally understand the unconditional love of the Father. One of my favorite stories is of the disciples out at sea with Jesus. One night while sailing on the water a great storm—and I mean the kind you see in movies—was causing the disciples to fear for their lives, and all the while Jesus was asleep on the boat. When they woke up Jesus, He said to them: “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26 ESV). Jesus then calmed the waves and wind at the sound of His voice. What is important to take from this is the disciples did not have their perspective right. They were too focused on what was going on around them rather than realizing Jesus is with them. What I have to say is, harsh things will happen, but it is important that we realize God is in the boat with us.
God knows our future, and if we do not prepare our faith now, it will be more difficult to be able to withstand our calling up ahead. As Jesus teaches in Matthew 13, those who do not take root in God will fall away from Him when tough situations come. I encourage you to not fall away from God due to fear of everything happening in the world. In the grand scheme of it all, He loves you and will never leave you. Know that Jesus is in the boat with you at this very moment. No matter what is going on around you, turn your attention to God, for His love for you surpasses all understanding. Two thousand years ago Jesus chose death over the throne. Perfect, insurmountable, father-like love was expressed when Jesus laid down His own life for you and I. He allowed the hands which He created to nail His own into a cross so that we could have life with Him forever. God is still good even through this bad; come to Him in light of our present situation in prayer and in faith—it is what He desires most.
2 Chronicles 7 : 13-15 NIV
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Valley Youth Student,
Max Eley / 11th Grade