See, Savor, and Share the Glory of God
As Christians, we are not called to hoard our hope in Christ. But rather, in this uncertain time, we have immense opportunities to share the mercy and hope of God, who can and will put an end to all our misery in His time. We trust that Jesus can open the eyes of the blind, call the lame to walk, and heal the sick. But, more than that, let us trust in a God who ultimately desires to heal the utterly broken, sinful nature of our hearts (Psalm 51:9-10).
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." - John 3:16-17
As this pandemic reveals our world’s complete lack of control, ultimate fear of death, and unbearable pain, let us consider how we might instead proclaim how Jesus wipes away every tear, conquers over the grave, and remains our only hope in life and death (Hebrews 9:27-28). Put your hope in the hands of a God willing to suffer in your place. Don’t let sin and sickness move you to fear and bitterness. Instead, let us fear the Lord (Matthew 10:28, 2 Timothy 1:7).
Let this pandemic usher you to trust in the Father who is over all things. Let your faith be found in the One who died to remove suffering from the world once and for all. Trusting that our hope does not stand in our health and safety, but in Christ alone, I leave you with Paul’s words as an encouragement for today.
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." - Philippians 1:20-21
Stephanie Englehart is a Seattle native, church planter’s wife, mama, and lover of all things coffee, the great outdoors, and fine (easy to make) food. Stephanie is passionate about allowing God to use her honest thoughts and confessions to bring gospel application to life. You can read more of what she writes on the Ever Sing blog at stephaniemenglehart.com or follow her on Instagram: @stephaniemenglehart.
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