Pestilence Confronted: “That in me you may have peace….”
The Covid 19 virus has been going on for almost 9 months. This is a long enough timeframe for contradictions, confusion and conflict to be a regular part of the public dialogue. What businesses should be open and which ones closed; should schools be open? Was the shutdown necessary? When do we need to keep distance and when to wear a mask; when will vaccines be available; when will travel be open again, and on and on and on. Such uncertainty makes running a business difficult. It makes planning for families and life very difficult. It makes recovery from sickness, job loss and business loss seem impossible. Where can one get peace in such a situation?
Fortunately we have a Savior who knows about trouble and trials; one who suffered terribly and was ridiculed and died a painful, public and humiliating death. Before he died he reminded his disciples that:
“Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32-33, ESV)
Nine months into this pestilence we need to keep reminding each other, our families, churches and CBMC teams that our peace is already here, in the midst of this “tribulation.” Our peace is not and will never be found in earthly things (money or government) whether during or after this pandemic. It is found in Jesus, who although he ascended to be at the right hand of the Father in heaven said, “I am with you always even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Do you believe this? Why?