God is Present

God is in the middle of everything – the good and the bad – and even in this present coronavirus pandemic. As sovereign over all things, He remains in control of everything going on in your space, too.

What we must first understand is that evil does not find it’s source in God and neither can evil take place without His permission. Remembering the story of Job we are able to recall that God allows Satan certain limitations in all that he does. He is powerful, but with constraints from God, and Satan is the source of evil and temptation.

In spite of all the strife and suffering affecting everyday life, God is there; He is everywhere. His presence is known in every hospital directing the work of doctors, nurses, and all other medical personnel who are treating the sick and comforting the dying.

God is also working through governments responding to this present and dangerous pandemic providing every world leader including President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Coronavirus Task Force wisdom and guidance as they plot and plan their attack on this disease. Have no fear, for God is near.

Just as Jesus promised His disciples immediately before leaving this earth, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20. In this one short phrase, Jesus sums up His strategy for all that takes place. We can rest assured of His faithful and enduring presence.

Now, we may not like what is happening, but we can know that He is in control. What we do not accept is the human responsibility in ‘stuff’ that happens. Briefly, our sin is the reason for the presence of evil and disease which began in the beginning. Mankind disobeyed God, continued to disobey Him, and this disobedience has unleashed all sorts of havoc upon this earth. God’s design is to remind us of our responsibility to be faithful to His instructions toward righteousness which establishes His glory around us. Through obedience, He then blesses those who do so.

“There is no favoritism with God. All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.” Romans 2:11-13 HCSB. No, we are under grace and not under the Law. However, His instructions for us, His Law, is written upon the heart of every Believer and are designed to bring us His blessing when we follow Him.

Jesus is Lord.

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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