Are you struggling to make sense of this Corona virus pandemic?
I pray today’s post brings you hope and encouragement.
As we listen to the news media and hear about the increasing number of people infected with COVID-19, you may be asking, Why? Perhaps, you are thinking, why would a loving God allow us to go through this crisis that is shutting down everything in the world?
Maybe you would prefer for it to be over fast. We all struggle because we don’t understand the meaning of this storm and what God is doing.
God has a purpose in our storms.
Peter was one of the three disciples closest to Jesus. He experienced moments of crises when he:
- Denied Jesus three times.
- Spoke impulsively out of turn.
- Lacked faith and nearly drowned.
- Couldn’t keep awake to pray with Jesus.
Peter was disappointed with himself and went back to fishing after Jesus’s death. Why did God permit Peter to experience these moments of crises and failures?
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 ESV
Our storms are sometimes God’s way of pruning us in preparation to bear more fruit. Storms help us depend on God and grow in faith. Peter’s storms allowed God to prune him in preparation for a deeper faith. Subsequently, he led three thousand people to Christ in one day (Acts 2:41).
There is hope for you and me in this Coronavirus crisis. Rather than wrestle with God, let us ask him to show us his purpose in this storm. We can release our anxieties spending time with him through scripture reading, prayer, and reflection. By abiding in Christ, we will gain fresh perspectives, which will make this season of hardships and pruning more bearable.
Friend, there is purpose in this storm. Social distancing provides tremendous opportunities to explore new creative ways to serve or encourage others during this pandemic.
Where is God at work in your life during this Coronavirus storm? What opportunities are in this storm, and how will you leverage them to bring hope to others?
Storms provide opportunities to draw near to God. His purpose is for us to bear more fruit. The process of pruning is painful but necessary for our growth.
Abiding allows us to trust God in the storm.
Lord, thank you for being the true vine and that you call me to abide in you. Help me see the opportunities in this Coronavirus crisis. I want to bear fruit. However, I know it won’t happen without pruning. Help me, Lord, to surrender my will so you may use the current crisis to make me more fruitful for your kingdom. Amen.
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