COVID-19 is not something we knew about last month when I wrote the March article/blog. Most of us have become amateur experts about it since then. With hours of news, days of information on Facebook and a month worth of headlines all over the internet, we could tell people more about COVID-19 than we could tell them about our own children. Well, maybe that’s a stretch, but you get the point.
People have more questions than answers even after they’ve done the research on this pandemic. Yet, one thing is certain. God did NOT get blindsided by this. He is still in control. Even an awful situation like this is something God can use for our good. Remember, He said, “All things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (found in Romans 8:28). Trust Him. He’s up to something good. I can actually see glimpses of it today. This may very well be the thing God uses to draw people back to Him. We may see a true revival or a Great Awakening by the time this is over. I pray this is true!
In the “Power Verse” of the day for April 1st, we see it says, “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20). The scribes and Pharisees were the “religious experts” of their day. They were considered very righteous by most of mankind in their day. However, their hearts were still dark with sin. Only Jesus can create in us a clean heart. We all need Him. Every Pharisee of that day needed the Savior. They didn’t all realize it then. Every human needs Him today too. Many haven’t realized it yet. For some, COVID-19 will be what it takes for them to trust Jesus.
Don’t delay. Trust Jesus now. You will be awakened from the dead. You will learn what it means to have a new heart, one no longer stained with sin, but washed in His blood.
In Jesus’ service,
Pastor Jerry Jeter