Hope when there is suffering all around
We are praying for God’s peace and wisdom for all as we endure a challenging season. This is a moment for hopeful realism, faithfulness under pressure, sober thinking, and eternal hope. I encourage us all to read Psalm 46 and Hebrews 12 — in these “shaking” moments, God is working, refining our character and allowing the Church to be a beacon of spiritual power and sanity.
Friends, today we have an opportunity to share faith, hope, and love in a world paralyzed by fear. Yes, we need to follow sound guidelines and navigate health concerns with wisdom. But we have many channels open — from personal conversations to virtual communication. Above all, we can affirm and demonstrate hope and share Christ with all around us. We are not immune to suffering; however, we serve a Lord who suffered and triumphed over all sin and sickness, sorrow and sadness, and in his resurrection, Jesus offers a preview of the glorious future awaiting all who place their trust in him (Heb 2-5; 11-13).
Here are three ways to remember these truths.
Stay faithful to the local church at this moment
We do this by attending the online services, generously giving, and being available to help those in need. Our pastors and communities need us more than ever. Prayers, words of encouragement, generosity, meeting practical needs — all are within our reach as we ask God for strength and wisdom by the Holy Spirit.
Stay faithful in prayer and support of efforts and organizations
We are important partners in God’s work in the world that extends across our streets and around the world. The women and men we support in these endeavors are often reaching the populations most in need of help. Our faithful contribution during this time is an act of trust in God’s provision and support that will go beyond the dollars we give.
Remember spiritual warfare is real
As we grow in character, experience new depths of community, and work for the common good, it is important we remember that we have an adversary, who, unlike Jesus, seeks to deceive, dehumanize, destroy, discourage, and distort present circumstances. Our best posture is humble confidence in our advocate, Jesus Christ. We combat our enemy with love and truth: exchanging deception for integrity, dehumanization for affirming God’s image in all, destruction with creativity, combatting discouragement with hope, and confronting distortion with pure hearts and skillful hands, bringing beauty to brokenness.
Yes, we hope this moment will pass. While we are immersed in it, God is purifying and refining, ready to pour out new expressions of love and truth. May we walk in courage, remembering biblical virtue that rejects both fear and foolishness. As we are faithful, God’s glory is on display through his church (Eph 3:10), his beautiful and sometimes broken bride.Topics: Christian Life, Current Events, God's Redemptive Plan, Pastoral Care, Suffering