God Does Not Leave Us Lonely in the Midst of Social Distancing
God will not leave us or forsake us in the midst of this pandemic. He made sure of that through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. If you believe the gospel and seek to live in light of it, then you can take heart that Jesus—in all His power and might—is walking with us during this age of uncertainty.
Jesus willingly came to earth, leaving the safety, security, and perfect presence of God the Father, to rescue us from the despair of this broken world (1 Corinthians 5:20-21). Jesus lived among the sick, wounded, and sinful. He witnessed the fullness of pain we experience. He grieved as loved ones died (John 11:1-44) and understood the realities of sin, shame, and sickness. Jesus came to pay our debt, in order to one day put an end to sin and its repercussions (Revelation 21:3-5). He considered our painful separation from God to be so serious that He willingly took it upon Himself and died for you and me. Out of love for His creation—plagued by sin, sickness, and death—Jesus bore the wrath of God (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Even through immense anguish, Jesus carried the penalty of our sin, so that in our pain we would not be left alone. Because of His sacrifice, we are known by a God who is always present, who hears our cries (Psalm 145:18), and empathizes greatly with us. Even in the isolation of social distancing, fear of disease, and grief of lost loved ones; God does not leave or forsake us.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. - Deuteronomy 31:8
The question we now face is, why? If God does not leave us or forsake us, then why would He allow this pandemic? If God can stop it, why doesn’t He?
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