We are facing some of the most trying times in the history of our world. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused us to make serious adjustments in the way we live.
The government seemingly does not have an answer to this enormous problem. The public health professionals are searching for answers to the health crisis this pandemic has caused. The federal and state governments have imposed guidelines restricting the size of gatherings and urging citizens to maintain physical distancing. This is being done to help in controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
These cataclysmic events and others we have had in the recent past, combined with the response of the world, are clear indications that we are living in the time of the end. Jesus predicted in Matthew 24 that these signs would take place prior to His Second Coming. He declared, among other things, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows”—Matthew 24:7, 8, NKJV.
We are seeing death and dying on every side, and people trapped in their homes because of COVID-19. Desperation, fear, and anxiety are overtaking the nations of the world. How can we find hope in this troublesome time? How do we find answers to the questions the world is asking? The answers are found in the Word of God. Jesus is the answer to all our questionings.
If the nations would turn from their wicked ways and look to God, the Creator, they would find the answers. The Scripture declares, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”—2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV. God is calling us to humility and repentance because it is not His will that any of us “should perish but that all should come to repentance”—2 Peter 3:9, NKJV.
Let us be encouraged as we face these testing times. God is still on His throne and He rules in the affairs of men. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us in our time of trouble. He cares for the little sparrows, and how much more He cares for you and me! Peter declared, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you”—1 Peter 5:6, 7, NKJV.
We, as people of God, have an opportunity to showcase the love of God as we relate to others. May God help us to be the “light” shining through the darkness that is engulfing the world around us. Let us be strong in the Lord and of good courage. There are many who are counting on us to be beacons of hope.