Many are asking, “What am I going to do now?” Let’s talk about it.
First, let me list five surefire steps to victory before we discuss the challenges facing the world today. The steps are “ask, listen, believe, obey, repeat.” These steps will cause you to be victorious no matter how big the problem you are facing.
Second, let’s state the obvious: there are so many voices, all speaking at the same time.
- “I believe this is all a hoax. Do you personally know someone with the virus?”
- “I got laid off because of the virus and I can’t pay my bills.”
- “My family can’t come to visit me, and I am lonely.”
- “I have a compromised immune system so I going to stay away from everyone because I might catch the coronavirus and die.”
- “I am going about my normal day in my normal way because I am born again, covered in the blood of Jesus, and cannot catch the virus.”
- Stay home, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and cover your mouth when you cough.
Third, in addition to the cacophony of voices, the pressures from the coronavirus have exacerbated pre-existing negative conditions:
- Increased child hunger because school is out.
- Increased domestic violence, sexual abuse, and elder abuse.
- Increased anxiety, depression, fear, suicidal impulses, increased drug use in all ages.
Breathe. There is hope. Let us go back to the five sure-fire steps to victory. James, Jesus’ brother, explains them this way:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:2-8).
When we do not know what to do or we have done all we know to do and things still are not right, get excited. Our faith is being tested so that we can graduate to the next spiritual level. To assure we pass the test of faith with flying colors, James has given us five steps to victory:
- Ask – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault,
- Listen – and it will be given to you.
- Believe – But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
- Obey – because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
- Repeat –next time the evitable test, trial, temptation come.
Good news! Our Heavenly Father is all knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere. Let us tell Him all about our fears, insecurities, hurts, and frustration, praying in Jesus’ name. God, through the Bible and through his Holy Spirit, will tell us what to do.
Faith without works is dead. Ask Him, listen to Him, believe Him, obey Him and you will get through this season of coronavirus (and any other life challenge) in victory. Join the conversation.