by: Steve Fawcett
Knowing how the story ends helps us to turn negatives into new platforms for doing God’s work. When you study the life of the apostle Paul, he did not have it easy. Persecuted, beaten, whipped, left for dead, repeatedly thrown into jail, hated by many, shipwrecked, almost drowned, tossed around by crowds; yet one thing I noticed. Paul had an uncanny ability to turn every truly negative situation into a new platform for doing God’s work.
Thrown into jail? He witnessed to everybody in there and he wrote letters, some of which we now know as epistles. You know what? We too can do that, in our days. We truly are living in tough times, not as tough as many around the world, but we are in a pandemic. And you know what? Babies are still being born, people are living, people are dying; I think it’s still a great day to be alive. God is allowing us this time where we can come up with new ways of serving Him, of living for Him. He is shaking us out of the ruts of the past.
I am definitely not saying to get reckless or careless and I’m not a medical doctor, I will not give medical advice, but I will give biblical advice.
Trust God, day by day, moment by moment. Your life is in His hands, your life is definitely not in some virus’s hands, not in some terrorist’s hands, not in some politician’s hands; your life is in God’s hands. When He says your work is done, your life will be done; and then you will get to start living happily ever after!
Don’t get your attitude from the non-stop purveyors of gloom and doom and fear as seen on TV or in newspapers. God is doing a new thing. Blessings are being poured out. Judgements too are being poured out too.
Trust God! Again, don’t be reckless, but please don’t live in fear, as so, so many are today. Our enemy too has an agenda behind all this and he is using this pandemic to further his agenda. Make no mistake about that. Don’t let him win in your life. Don’t live in fear. Trust God. God is up to some exciting things. Join Him, like Paul did. So, knowing how it all turns out, helps us turn what are truly negative circumstances into new ways of serving and living for God. Pray for insight into how God might want you to serve Him in some new way.
Now, the Song of Songs is like the soundtrack for this love story. It keeps reminding us of the kind of relationship God wants to have with each of us. If this is what you want too, then one day you will be satisfied. In Rev. 21 it promises that He will wipe every tear from our eyes, death will be no more, He will make all things new. In other words, we will live happily ever after. All the negative stuff, death, sin, tears, suffering, God will remove. Have you noticed that the Bible doesn’t finish with: ‘the end?’ That’s because this is a love story that has no ending!