Harsh Realities for Such a Time as This

Updated: Oct 25

Dear Friend,

I cannot remember a time in my life when the world was more consumed with worry. Fears over health and finances dominate the news and public discourse. If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has exploded the nagging uncertainties of everyday life into existential threats. What if I get sick and can't work? What if I lose my job? How will I provide for my family?

God's people have not been immune to the concerns associated with this crisis. The same questions that plague our culture hang over our heads, as well. The difference is that our hope is not rooted in this world. We understand, like the apostle Paul, that "the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18). We face all the same pressures as the world, but our hope in Christ means we don't experience them the same way. In fact, in the midst of difficult circumstances and fierce trials, God's people have reason to be the most joyful, confident, and thankful.

Why? Several factors come to mind. Fir