The world has become a strange place the last couple of weeks. I recently saw some pictures of major cities around the world from before and after the COVID-19 outbreak. It was staggering. A month ago, a place like the Louvre in France was full of people. Only 30 days later, the site is empty.
“What’s going to happen?” It’s the main question everyone is asking at the moment. No one seems to have the answer. It became clear the other night when my wife and I were watching the news.
President Trump did his best to create hope in his hearers at his daily press briefing, although there was no certainty in his comments. One reporter covered the rising number of deaths in the USA. Another highlighted the plumbing numbers on the stock market. A governmental spokesperson guessed the length of the “Stay at Home” order. While one analyst tried to make predictions about the economy.
One thing was sure: Nobody knows anything for sure (except that).
The Christian’s Certainty
The world is changing daily and full of uncertainty. This reality causes much fear and anxiety in people all around the world. But in a world where everything is changing, there is nothing more comforting for Christians to remember that God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). The Lord, who can not lie, declares, “For I the Lord do not change” (Titus 1:2; Mal 3:6). We can rest assured that, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (Jas 1:17).
Paul Washer said it memorably, “To have peace, I don’t need to know what God is doing. I need to know God’s character. Because then I know that what he is doing is good.”
The world seems out of control, but God isn’t. He sovereignly works out every detail in history down to the smallest COVID-19 virus after the counsel of His good will. We often can’t see the wisdom in His grand plan, but it doesn’t change the fact that there is a wise plan.
His promises stand as true today as they did when He first gave them to us. So when you feel like the waves of uncertainty arise, hold on tight because God is in control.
“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28)