For Such a Time as This
By Dan Qurollo
As I write this, the pandemic of Covid-19 has caused mass panic and confusion globally. The stock market has taken a significant hit, causing some to speculate that a recession is inevitable. Schools have been canceled, leaving working parents in a precarious position. Churches have been forced to adjust their services to live stream only. Widespread panic is witnessed across the retail world as people have begun hoarding various supplies, regardless of the legitimate needs of others. What should a time such as this prompt in us today?
A time such as this reminds us of the uncertainty of life. Humans naturally desire that which is certain. When we are experiencing certainty, we often develop a false sense of security in those things that are perceived to produce security. When those things are removed, we are suddenly faced with the reality of a life that is extremely uncertain. Beyond the uncertainty, we are also struck by the reality that these events are beyond our control. While we can take certain preemptive measures, the reality is that much of this lies beyond our control
A time such as this also reminds us of the necessity of biblical, God-honoring faith. Man’s greatest need is to place his trust in Jesus Christ as Savior so that he might have eternal life. The well-known verse John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you have not placed your trust in Jesus Christ, I urge you to do so today. The chances of your getting Covid-19 are slim; the reality that you will stand before God is certain.
Far too many believers have been truly shaken by the events that have transpired over the last few weeks. Fear is a natural response to the loss of an individual’s sense of security. This loss of security may come in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, the stock market, provision, and job security. The question for us as believers is in what or in whom do, we trust? Consider just some of the many passages that necessitate believers place unwavering confidence in God:
- Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God – Psalm 20:7
- Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6
- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
If one’s security is Christ, is it possible for a believer to lose Christ? Romans 8:35-39 teaches no circumstance can enter the life of the believer that will result in his being separated from God and His love. Is it possible for Christ to lose the believer? John 10:27-30 teaches no circumstance can cause Christ to lose the believer. Inasmuch as the believer cannot lose Christ and Christ cannot lose the believer, logically necessitates that a believer whose confidence is correctly placed in Christ has nothing to fear. Fear enters the heart of the believer the moment he takes his eyes off the Lord.
Psalm 46:10 reminds us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In spite of all the uncertainty, He’s still God! Rest in Him, even in a time such as this.
Dan Qurollo is pastor of Morganton Baptist Church. You can visit them online at www.morgantonbaptist.net, on Facebook or on Youtube.