Therefore, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” 1 Pet 4:19
What in the world is going on? The nation is divided. Families are divided. Many pastor-friends are shepherding divided churches. Should we vaccinate? Should we not vaccinate? Are there going to be mandates? What are the mandates? Do employers offer exemptions? Will people lose their jobs? People are sick- COVID, cancer, auto-immune diseases. People are isolated, depressed, and filled with anxiety. Our church text message chain has been blowing up with prayer requests and immediate concerns. Pastorally, I know of so many situations of people hurting, suffering, and enduring far more than they ever imagined. And this is just our small piece of the world! The church in Afghanistan is now under the heavy hand of persecution because of political decisions on the other side of the planet. The last thing on their mind is COVID as they deal with a corrupt Taliban regime takeover.
Are you mentally exhausted? Are you frustrated? Are you tired of all of the craziness that seems to be pouring in on us?
Me too. Me too.
Thankfully, the Word of God speaks into the chaos and provides us guidance. What are we to do when we are overwhelmed? How can we honor God in the midst of our panic attacks? When the world is going nuts and persecution finds the people of God, how are we to respond?
Answer: “Let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” What does God want from us during these times? Trust God and do the best you can. How much encouragement can Peter pack into a single sentence?!
Beloved, times are hard right now. But these seasons remind us that walking with Jesus ultimately comes down to loving him, trusting him, and following him. Don’t over complicate things. Don’t over think things. Trust Jesus. Do good.