During the COVID-19 Pandemic We Still Have Hope for a Better Future
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to proclaim, “The Best Is Yet to Come.” God is in control, even if things look dicey. I declare this truth over my life because the One who is risen on that first Easter Sunday morning promised us life to the full.
I live in Southeast Asia, where we have to cope with uncertainty. We don’t know how many people have COVID-19. Will the pandemic still hit us, or do other factors prevent a massive outbreak sweeping over Europe and the US? Difficult to say.
Such a crisis is not the first in human history. And it is not the last one.
Easter Reminds Us God Is in Control
When Jesus enjoyed his last supper with his dear friends — his disciples, he knew that the hours would bring much suffering. He said:
“My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
How are you feeling in the middle of the turmoil?
When Judas and the soldiers arrived, all disciples ran away like Easter bunnies. They could not handle the fear. But God had everything under control. He knew that on the other side of the crisis, the best would appear.
Jesus came that we may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).
No virus and no economic crisis threatens God’s plan.
On Easter morning, Jesus rose from the dead and thus opened the way to our Father in Heaven. When he met his disciples, he said, “Peace be with you.”
Easter reminds us that God can make a way out of the darkness and give us a new future — one of hope and fulfillment. A great future that does not depend on outward circumstances.
Never Forget That That the Best Is Yet to Come
To quote the Prophet, Isaiah:
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
It is tempting to look at your problems and focus on your sorrows. Here are my four ways to put this verse into practice.
1. Remember God’s Faithfulness
God’s promises still stand. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and will continue being faithful. He was faithful to his people — the Hebrews. Likewise, God’s faithfulness endures to all generations; he has established the earth, and it stands fast. — Psalms 119:90
2. Focus on God’s Ability
God is powerful, and he rose his Son Jesus from the dead.
3. Know There Is Hope
When we have hope, we are living. Hope is what keeps us going forward even though the future looks dark. Never lose hope. In other words, hope in God. Look at the powerful promise we find in Isaiah.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
4. Never Forget That God Is With You
Jesus promised before ascending to heaven that he would be with us always, to the end of the age.
Your Heavenly Father is with you. And He is for you.
God is doing a new thing — in your life and in the people around you. Do you perceive it? Why don’t you grab the phone or send a text to one of your loved ones during this Easter season and remind her or him that God still gives us peace no matter the circumstances we are going through?