HOW DO WE MAKE SENSE OF THIS PANDEMIC – REJOICE BELIEVERS, REPENT UNBELIEVERS!

Paul wrote in Romans 8:20, “…creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God”. But in Romans 8:28, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”. That’s the man who wrote that verse, and if you’ll look back in verse 19, it talks about that creation itself is groaning and longing. There are really three things groaning in this text; creation is groaning, Christians are groaning (vs. 23), and thank God, the Spirit is groaning (vs. 26) when we don’t know how to pray. Creation is disrupted, the believers are disrupted, and the Holy Spirit prays for us. This really hits me with great impact, and i know from Hebrews chapter 7 and chapter 9 that Jesus’ work on the cross is not finished; that He is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us even today. I’ve got Jesus at the right hand of the Father interceding for me, I have the indwelling Holy Spirit witnessing for me, and interceding for me. I’ve got the whole Triune God interceding for me. Wow! How can we ever feel dejected and disheartened like we’ve been abandoned by God. You’ll never find joy and peace till you realize that He’s with you and for you. Now look at the end of Romans 8, “What can separate us from the love of God…?” and it just goes through a litany of things, “…neither death (covid 19), nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. “In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (vs. 37) – It’s a perspective, it’s a world-view, it’s a commitment that the words of Scripture are true no matter what our personal condition is. Amen!