What the enemy means for evil, God can use for good. The COVID-19 crisis is evidence. For an example, so far, Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside, California, has seen more than 85,000 people make professions of faith in Jesus Christ as a result of its online church ministry.
Knowing that, what we often see as an impossible situation God sees as an opportunity. Regardless what is going on in this world or what is going on in your life, God is still God and is alive and well. He works behind the scenes, helping us as we face each day.
We all have struggles in life. Right now, it is even more of a struggle it seems because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. We must keep our focus during this time and realize that our help is in the Lord.
There are two different avenues we have to talk about as believers in Christ when it comes to facing difficulty. The first is, when trials come, and they will come, hang on. Don’t automatically derail and hit the panic button. Remember what God’s word says in 2 Chronicles 20:15, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” If we allow God the opportunity, He will fight our battles for us. What a tremendous promise we have from our Lord.
The second point important for us to remember is that God does have a divine plan for our lives. Sometimes God has to move things around to clear the way or to help prepare us for something great that is coming our way. It can also be somewhat uncomfortable at times when change like this happens. You may not understand why something is happening at the time but, most likely, you will be able to look back and have a moment when you say, “Now I understand; if I had not gone through that time of difficulty then I would have never arrived where I am today.”
Duane Miller, a pastor in Texas, became ill with a flu-like sickness. During his illness, the virus severely attacked his vocal cords, leaving him almost unable to speak. He said it felt like someone had their hands around his throat. This left him with what sounded like a severe case of laryngitis. He continued to preach as he could and spent several years seeing doctors and more than 60 medical specialists trying desperately to find help for his condition. One Sunday morning while he was preaching on healing, pressing on for God despite his condition, in the middle of his sermon, everyone listening to Duane preach began to hear a change in his voice. Then suddenly, it was clear to Duane and everyone present that day that the Lord had just miraculously healed him. Praise be to God.
Maybe you are facing a difficult time right now. You may need healing in your body or you are at a crossroad and don’t know which way to turn. I can assure you God hears your prayers and will help you.
A few weeks ago, I met a lady at a cemetery where she works. I had brought a family there for a service. We began visiting about the Lord and she asked me to keep her husband in my prayers. She explained that he works offshore on an oil rig in Alaska. While working, a large iron pipe slammed down on his fingers and crushed them. He was to see a doctor the following day. I felt led to send her a text, praying for her husband’s hand and asking God to heal him. She responded back to me the next morning very excited. She told me that when her husband woke up that morning, his hand was perfectly normal, as if nothing had ever happened. God hears our prayers.
Whatever it is that you are facing right now, pray and give it to the Lord. He loves you and wants to help you. God can do what seems impossible in our eyes. He’s the God of power and love and He can turn your situation into something great if you just give Him the opportunity.
Lord, there are so many who are hurting right now, who are really lost in despair. Thank you that we serve a God who says all things are possible. We are unlimited with you. Our limitations come from within ourselves. Help us to see past the hurt and the trials we face and help us to only see you. Father, thank you for loving us. Help those who are hurting and have lost their way. It is through you that we find the answers we so desperately search for. May our eyes only look to you, Father. Amen.
Brad Shotts is a member of the Rotary Club of Waxahachie and attends Oaks Fellowship Church in Red Oak, where he serves on the ministry team. He loves serving his community.