I don’t know about you, but when I read, “Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 CSB), I think, “Well, that’s exactly what I was worried about with tomorrow!”
We are living in times when nearly everything we thought was certain is suddenly uncertain. But in the midst of that uncertainty, one thing remains: If you turn to God, you never have to wonder what he thinks of you or if he’s going to help you with your worries, big or small.
In a matter of days, we will celebrate a holiday that has been at the center of Christianity for two thousand years—Easter. There has never been a more hopeless time, humanly speaking, than when the Son of God was in the grave. At that point, it seemed like the end. Even the disciples were despairing.
During our broad shelter-in-place/stay-at-home efforts, we’ve entered a very strange season. As we wait for society to return to something-like-normal, I want to plead with you: Don’t just make it through this time. Redeem this time. Don’t waste your quarantine.
On the heels of disastrous events, the gospel has unprecedented opportunity. When God has done the work of shaking their foundations, many people are ready to look to him for the first time. COVID-19 presents us with a divine opportunity to point people to Christ as we cling to God’s promise to continue to work his good purpose on earth.
We are living in upside-down days, and we should pay attention when a global pandemic strikes. Whatever else God is doing, he is waking the world up to our fragility of life and the reality of divine judgment.