Well, I have discovered my blessing of COVID and all the surrounding chaos in these last few months. Perhaps it has been your blessing too?! After months struggling to overcome fear and disconcertion I now see the silver lining to it all. Once and for all my hopes in this world have been exhausted. Where once I held out hope that people would have integrity and that goodness would prevail, now those hopes have been redirected to the only worthy Source—JESUS.
Is 2020 Over Yet?
No longer can I rest my hat on the façade of goodness placed over man and this world’s evil. The thin veneer has been ripped to shreds and now I see the clear distinction between heaven and earth. There’s no strange bleed-through or crossover, the only thing noble on this earth is the very Life of God in His Son. My trust is in God alone to do what needs to be done and to bring in the Kingdom. I pray that I will never again look to man to be what only God Himself can be, good, godly and worthy of anything notable.
Some may say, well of course, John…but the problem is even though we might know that there is no one good mentally, somewhere in our hearts we often hope something good will arise. I know I have, haven’t you? Whether it is hope that our leaders would be good and just, or those around us will behave with integrity. The fact remains, those hopes will always be dashed. Unless Christ is the life, those we trust in, even ourselves, will burn, sting and bite us on the backside.
The Blessing of Covid and the Chaos
Christ proved this in how He viewed mankind. “But Jesus didn’t trust them, for He knew mankind to the core. No one needed to tell Him how changeable human nature is!” John 2:24-25 TPT Jesus didn’t entrust Himself to any man, even those closest to Him, for He absolutely knew the corrupt nature of man. He knew and yet remained utterly vulnerable to the Father!
In the past few months we have witnessed unprecedented things. We have seen the wheels on the cart fly straight off. The gilded wrapping on the actions of man have been shown to be just that, gilding. And beneath the tinsel is black motives and evil tactics. And I am talking about all man not a side or party.
The Good News
So how is this edifying or good news? Because once our hopes are placed on the only One worthy, we are free of our expectation and misguided hopes. And with our faith in the Lord, His character and actions, we see the Kingdom rather than the darkness as predominate. Sure, darkness will still connive to gain power and have influence, but this is just the machinations of man. The Truth is so much higher than the squirming and scheming of man.
It seems to me, something has happened. The social conventions that usually kept wide spread darkness from rushing forth unashamed have been let down. It feels like the wild west most days. Is God letting us feel the weight of our choice to live apart from Him? Everyone will have an opinion on this. But as I have said, my hope is in the Sovereign God who is worthy of my trust. If ever there was a time in our lifetime to turn our faces to the Lord, it is now. And those who seek His face will see Him and be sustained.