From fear and frustration to hope and peace
by Frank King
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many of us are feeling frustration, fear and loneliness. It’s especially challenging when church and small groups can only be done online.
Is there nothing anyone can do to stop the virus? Does the battle seem hopeless? Perhaps. But I found an Internet meme that explains exactly why it’s not hopeless, because it contrasts the coronavirus with the most remarkable person in the history of this planet.
COVID-19 causes damage. But Jesus Christ heals. How do I know this? Note these words from Psalm 147: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Coronavirus creates fear. Jesus Christ brings courage. Here’s evidence, from Deuteronomy 31: “Be determined and confident. Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”
COVID-19 makes us weak. Jesus Christ brings strength. From Isaiah 41: “There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”
That strength helped me decide to follow Jesus even though it created a division with all my biological family, which wants nothing to do with Him.
Coronavirus separates us. Jesus Christ wipes away divisions and brings people together. From Galations 3: “In Christ, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or free, male or female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus.”
COVID-19 creates chaos. Jesus Christ gives us peace. From John 14: “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give. I do not give it as the world does. So do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”
Coronavirus is temporary. Jesus Christ is eternal. From Hebrews 1: “Earth and sky will wear out, but not you; you’ll stay the same, year after year; you’ll never fade, you’ll never wear out.”
COVID-19 can lead to death. Jesus Christ always leads to life. From John 10: “I came so people can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
Not only do I hope these contrasts between Jesus and the pandemic encourage you, I hope you’ll use them to have spiritual conversations with people who don’t know Him.
This can be a time of great harvest if we open our eyes and heart to the opportunities God gives us.
Frank King’s views are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.
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