During a global pandemic, uncertainty abounds. It’s natural to struggle with change and just not knowing what tomorrow brings. One of the more frustrating aspects for me is that I like to plan ahead and think about my schedule. That comforting habit has equated to a largely fruitless endeavor these days. My frustration is ridiculous in comparison to real challenges of those fighting for their lives and livelihoods across the globe.
COVID-19 is providing people with “faith decisions.” How will people respond to the uncertainty? Some Soldiers I counsel tell me they are just going to knuckle down and press through the hardship or pain they’re enduring. Others understand they can (and should) release their burdens to God. The problem with the first approach (knuckle down and rely on my own strength) is that we grow tired.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)
Going it alone, persevering in solitude is not sustainable either, because we need one another.
It is not good for man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)
God exists in community (Trinity), and He made mankind to live and thrive in community also. We need to share our burdens with one another.
Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
The second approach is sustainable, because God provides His strength to meet our adversity. His power stream never wanes. The faith decision comes into play when we choose whether we wait on the Lord. Will God show up on time? God sometimes wants to test our faith. In 1 Samuel 13, King Saul grows tired of waiting on God’s anointed prophet, Samuel. He proceeds without Samuel and disaster ensues.
That’s why I like Vertical Worship’s song, “Yes, I Will” (available on Amazon for $1.29) Though, we may not understand his timing, we can trust that waiting on Him is the faith decision we should make. It may seem in our finite minds, God is running late, but that’s part of the faith decision. He is not confined by space, time, or our own (mis)perceptions.
I count on one thing The same God who never fails Will not fail me now You won’t fail me now
In the waiting The same God who’s never late Is working all things out You’re working all things out Yes I will lift You high In the lowest valley Yes I will bless Your name Yes I will sing for joy When my heart is heavy All my days Yes I will I choose to praise To glorify, glorify The name of all names That nothing can stand against