This morning while I waited for my car to get an oil change, I heard a morning radio show talk about living within the confines of the COVID-19. One host said something like “if we only had a date to know how long we’d have to live like this, it would be easier. But we don’t.” I think the host is correct. We seem to have a greater ability to bear with something for a defined time. “The freezing in your mouth will last a few hours. Then your jaw will be sore for about 3 days.” “You will have to go through 6 treatments over a 4 week period. Then we’ll see where we’re at.” If someone could say, “we need to be on shutdown for 4 weeks. Then everything can get back to normal.” But we don’t know this.
So how do we go on living with the uncertainty before us? One phrase that has always encouraged me goes like this. We don’t know what the future holds but we know Who holds the future. God already knows the date when our lives might begin to return to the new normal. He also knows how many days we have to live and even the number of hairs on our head every day.
God demonstrates His concern for the future of His people throughout Scripture. Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” John 14:1-3 – “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 – “I tell you this brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”
So if God has looked after our eternal future, we can also trust Him for our immediate future even with its uncertainties. Every day can be a life of faith and hope. Galatians 2:20 – “The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
“Thank you O Lord God that you hold the future in your hands. Help us to learn more about this daily walk of faith in this time of uncertainty. Because you live, we can face tomorrow and beyond.”