COVID 19 Update – Is what we have been going through worth it?
The answer to the Christian is a resounding yes. I know it is hard. I have cried out to God myself, WHEN will this be over? Is all the pain, frustration and agony we have experienced during this pandemic really worth it? If one soul becomes a believer because of COVID 19, it is worth it. If a local church is revived because of this, it is worth it. If our country or any country around the world experiences spiritual awakening because of this, it is worth it. Even if we cannot see one positive thing from this experience, it is still worth it.
God is a God who cares. He would never allow this to happen if it were not part of His plan. If nothing else, it is worth it if our hearts are turned to God. Give glory to God. He KNOWS what He is doing. Imagine how Jesus felt the night He was betrayed. As He knelt in prayer while the disciples slept in the Garden of Gethsemane, He felt the weight of the world. 39 Going a little farther, he fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39 (CSBBible). In that moment, Jesus asked His Father, is it worth it? Jesus already knew it was worth it. He died for the sins of the world. It is always worth it when it is part of God’s plan.
In Acts 7, Stephen preaches his final sermon and soon afterward, he was stoned to death. The next verse states: 1 On that day a severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the land of Judea and Samaria. Acts 8:1 (CSBBible). We are going through a tough time. Maybe it’s nothing like what the early disciples experienced, but, look at what happened to the church. When the persecution broke out, the Gospel spread like wildfire. Even today, the Gospel is being spread all over the world. It is reaching places none of us could ever have imagined.
I know that many of us long for the return of what we once had. We long for things to go back to normal. But, that was not what Jesus prayed the night we was betrayed. He prayed, Yet not as I will, but as you will.” It is time for a new normal. Pick your head up. 36 When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38 (HCSB)
God is at work. Join Him. IT IS WORTH IT!