The Promise is Greater Than the Problem

This time is difficult.  It really does not matter whether you have lost your job, whether you have lost your business, whether you are not allowed out to do what you want to do; all these things are difficult.  And with that pressure comes the personal struggle to keep a stiff upper lip or to breakdown.  But there is hope, there is a way of coping.

Ultimately, those who have put their trust in Father God, are looked after by him.  So, how do we measure whether we have put our trust in Father God.  We have to look at what Jesus taught us about him.  And there are some things which are very applicable to our present situation.

Before Jesus returned to heaven he spoke to his disciples and said, “Peace be with you!  As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)  Now, by itself it does not tell us much.  For this to be useful to us, we really need to know the assignment that Jesus was given when he was sent to the earth.  Matthew 28:18 tells us, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Do we really comprehend this?  All of God’s authority was given to Jesus to fulfil his assignment here on the earth.  Now he was about to leave and go back to heaven and he says to his followers, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  It is somewhat overwhelming, but it is nonetheless clear that the authority that was given to Jesus was passed on to his followers.  Why is this important?

If you, as a follower of Jesus, are being impacted by the non-stop reports and inconveniences, you have the right to take control.  There are so many solid promises in the Bible, and they are not negated by the reports of doom and gloom.  So take authority and command the evil to leave your home and not return.  I have taken authority over the place where I live.  I know that the virus will not penetrate into my property.  All I need to do is to keep the safe distance, wash my hands frequently and do my daily exercise routine, just as the authorities have prescribed.  (See Romans 13:1-5)

The promise is greater than the problem.

It is not correct for us to live in fear.  Fear is satanic.  It will turn your eyes off where your help ultimately comes from.  We are to live in faith.  Our faith is in Jesus and he will never let us down.  It is he alone who will ensure whether you will qualify for certain schemes set up to help.  And if you don’t, well, then he will have another way of ensuring your well being.

And don’t forget, “In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  Whatever happens, it will hurt but it won’t overcome you.

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