Truth for Turbulent Times

   2020 has brought with it some extremely challenging and uncertain circumstances. We have the ongoing COVID crisis with all its many challenges, the social upheaval brought on by the death of George Floyd, a heated debate on the changing of the flag and public policy, and two rulings from the supreme court that challenge a Scriptural worldview. I am sure that many of you have lived through more challenging times, but 2020 is undoubtedly one of the more collectively difficult seasons for all of us. I hope we all understand this—these seasons of trial and tribulation are when we find out what our faith is made of. 

 

   Abraham Kuyper, the Dutch Prime Minister from 1901-1905, famously wrote, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” The Bible declares this same truth. The Lord told Job, “Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine” (Job 41:11). The Spirit of God declares in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all those who dwell therein.”

 

   Hebrews 2:10 reads, “For it was fitting that He, for Whom and by Whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.” In other words, Jesus earned the victory overall by suffering for all. Jesus’ suffering anguish on the cross has conquered the coronavirus. He’s defeated the strongholds of injustice. He’s judged the judges. Even death holds no sway over the one who knows Jesus as Savior. 

 

   When we understand the Sovereignty of Christ and consider the battle He won at the cross, we begin to see our difficult circumstances as opportunities instead of challenges. Jesus is for us, and as such, nothing can stand against us. As believers, baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit, we have an opportunity in this season to be a shining light in the dark world. Ours is a message of hope, a ministry of reconciliation that the world needs to understand. Sure, the times are most challenging, which means that there’s never been a more critical time for the Church to be the Body of Christ. Jesus formed the Church for just such a time as this!

 

   Be encouraged, my dear brothers and sisters. Each day that passes represents one day closer to our deliverance. Keep praying for an end to the coronavirus. Keep standing with the Lord on the controversial issues. Keep Christ at the center, and the gospel the focus of all your relationships. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal 6:9)