Have Hope

To all my readers and in the words of the apostle Paul, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The past two weeks, not to mention the past two months, our world has been turned upside down by the new Coronavirus. A tiny, minuscule organism that possesses the power to render each of us ill and even threatens to bring down our economy and rob us of our hope and sanity. We watch on TV or read on the internet of the impact of this virus and are left dreading the possibility of becoming infected ourselves. In all this, where can we find hope?

My day jobs are teaching, which is difficult since this virus has closed the schools, and working in healthcare. Needless to say, I’ve spoken to a number of people this week who’ve expressed to me their growing fear and dread. When they ask me, “how are you coping with all of this?” or “how can you be this calm?” I have only one answer: my faith and hope is placed in Jesus.

I know that may seem like a Sunday School answer…because it is. The reality we now must live in is simply out of my control. All I can do is wash my hands, keep my distance, and pray.

I’ve been reading in the book of Matthew for the past few days and I’ve come to this passage:

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:31-34‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I guess we could also add, “do not worry about having enough toilet paper” to the list as well. 🙃

“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭NASB‬‬

The thing is, our faith in God should enable us to ignore the fear of this thing. Should we take care of ourselves and obey the warning of our government and healthcare professionals? Yes! But should we allow fear and worry to consume us? No!

Why?

Because our God is greater! And He will see us through. Should we die, our God will guide us home to heaven. Should we survive, our God will continue to provide for our needs here on earth.

Remember that in the eye of the storm, He remains in control. When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

If you are already a believer in Jesus Christ, now is the time to share with others where your calm comes from. If you are not yet a believer and you would like information about how to become one, click here.

Published by RSGullett

R. S. Gullett is a proud alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University and currently teaches United States history at a community college in Houston, Texas. As a historian, he loves to mingle the historical with the fantastical and places an emphasis on faith in all his writing. His faith in Jesus Christ is very important to him and this often becomes evident in his writing. He is not perfect, nor does he pretend to be; but hopes that sharing his faith might inspire others to give their hearts to Christ. He and his wife currently live in Houston, Texas.

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