Ugh! Are you tired of all things coronavirus yet? The world has been turned upside down, and it seems there’s no end in sight. So it’s online school, lots of time at home, huge hits to the economy, more and more cases of those infected and dying, and store aisles still empty.
Why is this happening?
Sometimes we ask questions and the Bible gives the answer to a better question. One time, Jesus’ followers were contemplating suffering and tragedy, wondering why it happened. But Jesus just said, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:5). People in the Bible frequently came to God with questions of why, and God often didn’t answer that question. Instead, he told them how they should respond. Repent. Trust God. He knows what he’s doing.
Perhaps the simplest response to why this is happening is: sin. Creation (including our bodies) is groaning under the curse. But the question God loves to answer more is: How do we respond? In faith. With hope. With a trust in a God who loves us dearly, gave his Son for us, and has something so much greater in store for us.
We’ll leave you with this. It’s a little long, but it’s just what we need.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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